Actor Willem Dafoe in a scene from a Snickers Super Bowl 50 spot. Super Bowl 50, between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, will be played Sunday

From Willem Dafoe in drag to an unlikely Helen Mirren necking a Budwesier, this year’s edition of the Super Bowl - the biggest day in US sports - is p(...)

The popularity of insurance in Ireland has fallen one place in 2015 to 19th out of 22 industries.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of business students identifying “job security” as a key goal, according to research released by Deloitte. (...)

A girl sits with a cat near a Christmas tree in Nakhimov square in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, on December 27th. Coca-Cola has apologised over a map showing Crimea as part of Russia. Photograph: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters

US drinks firm Coca-Cola has blamed a marketing agency for a map used in an online advertising campaign that showed Crimea to be part of Russia and wh(...)

Ryanair fell 2 per cent but the stock has gained 53 per cent over the year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was a quiet day on the Dublin market as investors and traders wound down for the year. With many of Europe’s markets closed and the Iseq only ope(...)

Hangover symptoms are due to a combination of dehydration; the toxic byproducts produced by the liver when it processes alcohol; and a drop in blood sugar levels. Photograph: Getty

How was Christmas for you? Full of pleasant surprises and some indulgence I hope. For those who drink I’m sure at least a tincture of alcohol passed y(...)

Marzipan is another Christmas tradition and, though not exclusively a German speciality, the queen of marzipan hails from the northern city of Lübeck

“Yes, Virginia, ” to quote the famous New York Sun editorial to a doubtful eight-year-old in 1897, “there is a Santa Claus” – one of the chapters that(...)

Ryanair was one of the best performers on the Iseq, finishing up almost 2 per cent. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Equity markets retreated after Thursday’s gains, and investors focused again on the underlying weaknesses in the global economy. Investors showed re(...)

Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway: “You’re hired to hit the ground running. That’s the thrill of the job.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

They’re starting to build houses again, which is good news for Virgin Media Ireland and its newly installed boss Tony Hanway, because “it is, excuse (...)

Mexico is a major consumer of soda and other sugared drinks. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people handing out Coke as a s(...)

Janet Yellen, chairman of the US Federal Reserve: Recent strong jobs numbers mean a December rate hike now looks a safe bet. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Investors have spent 2015 fretting as to whether the Federal Reserve would finally raise US interest rates and if so, when. Less attention has been pa(...)