In 2018, Saoirse encountered activism for the first time. She was 12, and there was a referendum ongoing in her country. She realized that politics is something that can deeply affect your life, and yet she believed that she would have to wait until she was an adult to engage in politics and activism. However, at the end of 2018, Saoirse saw videos of the thousands of people who marched in Australia a couple of months after Greta Thunberg’s first strike, and she realized that young people do have a voice, rather leaders simply choose not to listen to them. After that, she realized the importance of getting young people into decision-making spaces and decided to found her branch of Fridays for Future calling for better action to be taken in her own country.
A march led by her in Limerick City attracted 1000 people, and was covered on local and national media. A YouTube video detailing her project idea has reached around 3.6 million people around the world!