Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know


The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

And now Dermaplaning. When will it be okay for women to have hair?

Kate Demolder

Porn addiction: ‘It was like having another relationship. It was affecting me physically and I...

Michelle Heffernan

This utterly dreamy Victorian home just outside of Belfast is on the market for £995,000

Megan Burns

Add some zing to your home with this bright Pop Art-inspired collection

Shayna Sappington

These are the Netflix picks we can’t wait for in March

Jennifer McShane

Let’s set the table: make mealtimes feel more special with these flourishing touches

Megan Burns

Image / Agenda / Image Writes

An open letter to Paul Mescal (and a polite request to just stop it)

by Edaein OConnell
22nd Aug 2020

For the good of the women and men of the world, you need to put a stop to the magic spell you have cast… Edaein O’ Connell pens an impassioned open letter to Paul Mescal

Dear Paul,

Doesn’t it feel like the world is burning?

Doesn’t it feel like the grip we had on the handle of reality is sweaty and now we are slipping quickly?

I had planned to write this to you last week but life got in the way. Then the truths of the world fell around us like dominoes.

Would it be proper to write this now, I thought? After some serious internal and external reflection, I decided we needed something to laugh at.

So here it goes.

Paul, please stop it.

Just stop it.

For the good of the women and men of the world, you need to put a stop to the magic spell you have cast. The weather is hot. The ground is warm. The turf in bogs is crispy.

It feels like a drought is on the way.

We are thirsty and you are the trap.

It started when you burst onto the screen as Connell Waldron. You were the echo of the countryman. We knew you because you broke our hearts before in the form of another. You were the unavailable GAA man with communication issues who we loved to pine over in the smoking area of the town nightclub.

We were intoxicated and the tipsy feeling made us type “silver chains” into the Argos search engine.

Then you started jogging with the chain and the O’Neill shorts in tow. Was it a PR stunt? Well, it worked. Collectively, we lost our minds. People were running around saying decades of the rosary with the silver chains and begging for the rain to quell the fire. Some were on their knees with bibles asking God for divine intervention.


Okay, I made this up but do you see what I mean, Paul? It was hysteria.

And then, to make it worse, you went to the shop dressed as if you were walking back from the portaloos on the Sunday morning of Electric Picnic in the best way possible.



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Nothing But Normal People (@nothingbutnormalpeople) on

This hurt. The shell jacket, the shorts and the sunglasses broke me. It stabbed my heart and made me bleed like a punctured pack of cans. There are no festivals this year. Your outfit made me yearn to meet a ‘scauldy’ lad in a field who only smokes rollies and likes to talk about the universe after a few drinks.

My grief is silent but all-encompassing.

O’Neills should thank you. You have made it acceptable to wear their shorts outside of a sports arena. The Daily Mail had them as a must-have piece on its ‘Fashion Finder’.

Next, it will be Vogue and Marty Morrisey will be on the cover with said shorts.

How am I ever going to watch a GAA match with the same level of nonchalance I was accustomed to? O’Neill’s shorts are no longer just an item of sports clothing. O’Neills shorts are now almost a personality trait. They say each of us has an erotic blueprint which dictates our whole erotic personality from our types to our pleasures.

For the citizens of Ireland, our erotic blueprint is now exclusively O’Neills shorts.

We don’t care who you are or what you are doing, but you better have a pair of O’Neills football shorts in your drawer.

You see, Paul, you are part of a cultural reset. You are so very Irish and it is making us appreciate what we already had. Before, we looked at the Brad Pitts and Harry Styles of the world and wondered when they would wash up on our glorious shores.

However, we didn’t need them. We had everything we wanted right in the middle of our local GAA pitch. The men who sat in our local pubs. The men who teased us in school.

We worked with them and we matched and unmatched with them on Tinder.

Thank you for showing us the power of gratitude.

But you must stop it.

Our husbands, girlfriends, wives and boyfriends are getting suspicious. The look of worry is haunting as they see us place another pair of O’Neills shorts and a silver chain on the bed, silently urging them to put them on.

It might be best to leave us be for the summer.

Thanks for everything and best of luck.

Yours sincerely,

The people of Ireland.

Read more: This is what happens to Connell and Marianne after Normal People ends

Read more: What’s with all the men buying intimate beauty products for their wives?

Read more: Meet Irish actress Lola Petticrew – star of this summer’s must-see feelgood film

Also Read

Catherine Connolly
“Society did this, a society composed of the powerful against the powerless” Catherine Connolly gives stirring speech on the Mother and Baby Homes report

Language matters, or at least it should, says Catherine Connolly...

By Lauren Heskin

This resurfaced Jennifer Aniston interview with David Letterman is disgusting to watch

By Jennifer McShane

The end of the pandemic is in sight. Here’s to the new roaring 20s

I went into town yesterday for the first time in...

By Amanda Cassidy

Join our IMAGE Mentoring Masterclass with CEO of SoapBox Labs Dr Patricia Scanlon

What does success look like in a digital world? Join...


Irish Refugee Council lays out recommendations for ending Direct Provision by 2023

The Irish Refugee Council have laid out a detailed path to end Direct Provision by 2023 and comes a month before the Government’s own report to disassemble the 20-year-old "temporary measure".

By Lauren Heskin

‘I was blown away by the camera and picture quality’: Florist Joeanna Caffrey on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G

It’s not just a new device, it’s a whole new...


We asked 5 teachers about the decision to keep schools closed

We asked teachers their thoughts on the decision to keep...

By Shayna Sappington

Five women of different nationalities and cultures standing together.
Lynn Enright: ‘Still, too much of the media is dominated by an agenda set by men’

When we were 13, my best friend and I used to pool our pocket money each month so we could afford to buy glossy women’s magazines...

By Lynn Enright