Available from VeryFirstTo.com, the hamper contains some of the most expensive foodstuffs ever produced, including a rare caviar, goose foie gras, champagne fit for a royal wedding, and cognac that’s been ageing smoothly since 1789.

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***This year’s Olympia panto has all the ingredients: a Eurovision winner (Linda Martin), a whip-sharp panto dame (Al Porter), a wisecracking genie (S(...)

Don't let the season get you down. Photograph: Thinkstock

As the big day looms, you may be starting to feel the pressure. Getting through Christmas is like a military operation – a gruelling slog between p(...)

Many of us flatter ourselves that we have original minds but there are some stock phrases we can find ourselves relying on every Christmas, even th(...)

Nothing like curling up with your kids around the yule log and reading them a magical Christmas short story. Here are six that will sprinkle a litt(...)

 Rob Murphy as Buffy, Molly Lynch as Cinderella and Rory Cowan  as Barby in  Cinderella at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins
Review: Cinderella

Cinderella Tivoli Theatre, Dublin ****The Cheerios panto is as traditional as it comes, but Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages and his fellow cast members (...)

Aoibheann O'Brien and Iseult Ward, co-founders of foodcloud, a company taking an innovative approach to minimising food waste by supermarkets and other retailers. Aoibheann is pictured with a donation basket from Tesco in Ringsend, while Iseult displays the company's phone app.Photograph: DAVE MEEHANMONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2014

It’s Christmastime, the halls are decked with holly, and the pantry is stacked with food for the festivities. This season, there always seems to be(...)

Christmas for me starts when . . .The lights go up on Grafton Street and everyone starts to moan about it. There is panic on the streets, parents f(...)

Hozier performing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

By any musical measure, 2014 has been a brilliant year for Hozier – and he capped it off with a full-throated display of power at Dublin’s Olympia The(...)


Christmas is coming, time to get the decorations out of the attic, order the turkey, send your cards and get the spare room ready for Granny. Ho-hu(...)