Cyclists take part in the Mallorca 312, a long-distance circumnavigation of the island by bike. Photographs: Mallorca312.com

‘This,” says one of my lycra-clad colleagues, “is what cycling is made for.” He waves a gloved hand in the direction of the sky (perfect blue), the(...)

For a moment, it seems like I may have wandered into the auditions for some exotic Next Top Model TV series, as an unfeasibly glamorous troupe of girl(...)

A 1915 bottle in the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1915 the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana was one of eight glass manufacturers to take up the challenge set by a company based in Atlanta(...)

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, (...)