Shoe sale: Ecco in Dublin city centre was open for business from 6am with Marius Stan, Niall Ruddy and Laura Bellani ready for the Black Friday sale. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As Black Friday came to a close, Irish retailers were upbeat about its impact on sales but huge crowds failed to materialise in town centres (...)

Ryan Tubridy with Jem O’Connor  (9) from Navan, Luke O’Connor  (4) from Dublin, and Megan Larney (10)  on the set of this years Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Adorable kids saying wise and weirdly grown-up things? Check. Unfortunate jumpers? Check. Infuriatingly talented children? Check. Someone - o(...)

Electricity and gas prices for hundreds of thousands of Irish households is to fall marginally in the New Year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Electricity and gas prices for hundreds of thousands of Irish households is to fall marginally in the New Year some companies start passing o(...)

 Black Friday shopping scenes outside Smyths Toystore on Jervis Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The widely anticipated bedlam of Black Friday does not appear to have materialised in Dublin at any rate. While some shops in the city centre(...)

Ryan Tubridy with Luke O’Connor (4) from Dublin on the set of this year’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ryan Tubridy looked like a giddy schoolboy as he leapt around the set of tonight’s Late Late Toy Show wearing some of the most ridiculous Chr(...)

Conor Pope at the Bear Grylls  Survival Academy, Carton House, Maynooth. Photograph: Alan Betson

I start to worry when a bearded man, Josh Valentine, walks through the trees towards me carrying two dead rabbits. He slaps the once cute bu(...)

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 (...)

Hoverboards don’t actually hover. Instead, they are made up of a small platform with wheels on each side - somewhat like a Segway minus the handle.  File photograph: Kent County Council Trading Standards/PA Wire

It sounds like a line taken directly from Back to the Future. A large consignment of hoverboards have been blocked from entering Dublin Po(...)

Shoppers walk past a Black Friday event in London, England. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Black Friday in Ireland is barely a year old but could already be on the way out, as Irish retailers start to question the merits of a concept which s(...)

The new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CS0) show house prices in Dublin climbed by 1 per cent last month.

The average cost of a home in the Republic climbed by 1.6 per cent in October according to the latest official figures. The prices are now 7.6 per cen(...)