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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Grainne Seoige on #NoMakeUpSelfies: 'Mná na hÉireann, you're gorgeous'

Geraldine Gittens

Published 21/03/2014 | 19:49

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Sile Seoige posted her selfie to Twitter, while her sister Grainne posted hers on her Facebook page. Photo: Twitter/@SileSeoige
Independent.ie are supporting the trend and you can have your #nomakeupselfie featured on the site by emailing contact@independent.ie. If you would like to make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society Text Pink or Daff to 50300 to donate €4.

TV presenter Gráinne Seoige has congratulated the women of Ireland for coming together as an empowering sisterhood to raise money for cancer research.

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Gráinne, who was nominated for a no-makeup selfie this morning, says Irish women should be celebrated for the bravery and inner beauty they've shown.

“When people come together spontaneously and do good, it should be honoured. I’d like to congratulate the paper (Irish Independent) for reflecting that.”

“It shows bravery and a beauty that comes from within and it’s not something that you see on the cover of a magazine.”

“There’s also a sense of doing something very much out of your comfort zone.”

Gráinne says the sisterhood among women is “real”, and should be demonstrated more often in media coverage.

“I’ve been working in the media for nearly 20 years and it's been put to me at various times that I've had rivalries with my sister or with other presenters, rivalry that simply didn't exist.”

“The support and encouragement women show each other every day is real, and I believe that it doesn’t get shown enough in the media.”

“This morning I woke up and I’d been nominated by a friend of mine. My sister had done hers, and I did mine. It's great to see social media being used in such a positive way.

Gráinne points out that critics of the no make-up selfie trend are simply missing the point.

“Kids in hospitals don’t care about you doing a selfie, that's absolutely right. But they and their families do care about the money that buys the machines that keep them alive or the money that pays for research.”

“These #nomakeupselfies and many other altruistic gestures pay for much needed research – otherwise the treatments and hopefully cures for all the different cancers can’t be found.”

"Mná na hÉireann, tá sibh gleoite!" the TV presenter added.

The Irish Cancer Society has been inundated with donations in the last 48 hours thanks to the 'No makeup selfie' trend going viral.

Provisional figures are now indicating that almost €500,000 has been raised in the last two days alone.

If you would like to make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society Text Pink or Daff to 50300 to donate €4.

(100 per cent of your €4 goes to the Irish Cancer Society across most networks. Some providers apply Vat where a minimum of €3.26 cent will go to the Society. Service provided by LikeCharity (01-4433890).)

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