The shock of waking to another December – where did 2017 go?

Hilary Fannin: this year promises to be as predictable as a bog-standard Yule log

Thousands of people turn out to see Grafton Street and O'Connell Street Christmas lights switched on in Dublin city centre.

The other day I picked up a leaflet at the butcher’s, highlighting the festive delights of a side of lightly spiced beef, and I nearly wept.

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