Some of the Santa letters from all over Ireland at the GPO in Dublin before being forwarded to the North Pole. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An Post has apologised after a three-year-old Dublin girl’s letter to Santa Claus was returned to her home. Speaking on RTÉ’s John Murray Show, Alan C(...)

There is a serious problem of human trafficking in Ireland and the Church and other voluntary bodies had a responsibility to address it, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is a serious problem of human trafficking in Ireland and the Church and other voluntary bodies had a responsibility to address it, the Catholic (...)

 Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his flying sleigh. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

UK air traffic control organisation Nats has issued an aviation warning for a “sleigh powered by eight reindeer” transiting across the skies.Nats warn(...)

An illustration from Barry Kennerk’s book showing visitors to sick children at Temple Street hospital at Christmas time.
Christmas at Temple Street

Temple Street hospital has always occupied a special place in the hearts of Irish people, particularly in December when staff and visitors make specia(...)

The casket of Tori Johnson is removed from his  memorial service, in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Memorial services for the two victims of an Australian cafe siege were held on Tuesday.Lindt Chocolat Cafe manager Tori Johnson and lawyer Katrina Da(...)

Shoppers walk near a Christmas tree in China.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Christmas is not a traditional holiday in China, but shengdan jie is rapidly developing into part of the commercial calendar and shengdan laoren, or S(...)

I’ve always felt Ebenezer Scrooge got a raw deal. Truly, one of the most honest men in literature. A man who called a spade a spade, a fraud a fraud, (...)

The campaign against water charges continued on Saturday with some 200 protesters gathering in Dublin to express their opposition to the measure. Image: Zara Zhuang.

The campaign against water charges continued on Saturday with some 200 protesters gathering in Dublin to express their opposition to the measure. Comm(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Honor asks what the fock we’re doing here. There’s literally no Christmas cheer in the girl, even though it’s only however many days to go until th(...)

Igor Shadzkou meeting Marie Cox from Castlebar, Co Mayo, last December as the Chernobyl Children International charity arrived at Dublin Airport.  Photograph: Brian Mcevoy

The Cox family watched with amazement Belarusian orphan Igor Shadzkou’s reaction as he experienced rain drops touching his skin and saw stars in th(...)