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From the embrace that empowered the marriage equality referendum in Ireland to the kiss that made Northern Ireland question itself, Joe Caslin is renowned for invigorating social commentary and astounding art works. Speaking to Oisin Kenny, he highlights the power of empathy and conversation within times of social change. All images provided by Joe.

roe Caslin’s monochromatic goliaths have stood tall and proud on the walls of urban spaces. The towering size of the subjects convey the thematic weight of the social issues they grapple with; from mental health to addiction to LGBT+ rights., each one silently sounding out a call for action, bringing passersby on the street to a halt.

“I’m lucky that one of the best things that was given to me at home was a sense of empathy,” Caslin said. This sense of empathy resonates throughout his monochromatic style. Without text to guide the viewer, they must instead read the body language of the subjects, searching deep within the art to find their own meaning, their own truth.

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Welcome to our ninth annual Wedding Issue! In this issue, we look at the full spectrum of marriage, from proposals, to the ceremony and beyond. Four couples let us in on their wedding journey and all the planning and dreaming that goes into creating the perfect day, while long-term married pairings give the lowdown on how to keep a relationship strong. For those not into all this wedding malarkey, there’s a couple perfectly happy not to walk down the aisle. On the culture side, we have a pair of interviews with two wonderful musical acts - the iconic Indigo Girls and the thrilling Cub Sport. We discuss the cold facts that families of same-sex parents aren’t as equal as their straight counterparts, and that our family in the North still battle for the right to love. Our cover image is by the artist Joe Caslin. He speaks inside about art as activism and the power of solidarity, something that our whole community can very much agree with. The North Is Next.