Joan Burton got the plum job of announcing last week that social-welfare recipients will see their 2015 Christmas bonus rise to 75 per cent of(...)

The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience includes a ride on the Elf Express Train from the hidden Elf Station. Photograph:

I Believe in Santa I Believe in Santa is among the first of the Christmas season events, moving the former Clery’s Santa to a new home in (...)

Hard-edged words to do with business have come to the fore at Christmas time, it seems. Words associated with consumerism such as sales, spend, shopping and retailers are among the most commonly used in connection with the festive season, researchers for Cambridge University Press say. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

People no longer talk the same way as they traditionally did about Christmas, language researchers for Cambridge University Press (CUP) have (...)

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The latest poll from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) might give retailers pause for thought. It suggests consumers will spend an average of €563 this Christmas, compared with €600 last year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers seem set to temper their Christmas spending this year as the number who believe too much is spent over the festive season hits almost (...)

Safe pair of hands: Katherine Drohan, producer of The Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Katherine Drohan is probably the busiest person in Ireland. “Up the walls is an understatement,” says the woman charged with making thousands of dream(...)

Santa (and the Grinch) arrive to open Winterval Festival and switch on 100,000 Christmas lights in Waterford City. Photograph: Patrick Browne

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Ireland’s biggest Christmas Festival which opened in Waterford on Friday and runs until December 23rd (...)

Extra virgin is the highest quality olive oil, and consequently the most expensive. It comes from the first press of healthy olives, and has a maximum acidity of 0.8 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

Top Italian olive oil producers are under investigation for allegedly passing off lower-quality products as “extra virgin”, raising fresh concerns abo(...)

Santa Claus school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week: It’s easy to forget what Christmas is about, which is Santa Clause travelling to Bethlehem and climbing down the stable’s chimney. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty

Aldi: Given the season that’s in it, the letter A should really stand for Advent – and in another, more godly world, it does. But in the world(...)

President Michael D Higgins expressed gratitude to the mayor of San José for the care shown to the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins thanked the mayor of San José in California for the care shown to the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse and their(...)