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On yer bike: Irish retailers trading mostly online this Black Friday. In this photograph a man on a bike wearing a face mask pass the Dublin Chamber of Commerce building on Clare Street. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Not so much a Black Friday list, this year, as a Green Friday one. There are many sites all over the work pushing Black Friday deals today but here ar(...)

‘So why the fock are you buying presents if Santa focking brings them?’

I’m shaken awake at some ridiculous hour – we’re talking, like, eight o’clock in the morning. And Sorcha – I shit you not – goes, “Johnny Sexton is at(...)

Sitting on Santa’s knee  will be out this year for so many obvious reasons. Photograph: iStock

It is easy to get caught up in the madness of crowds. This page found itself in a toy shop exactly a week ago after hearing reports of parents panic-b(...)

Operation Fanacht on the roads this week: westbound traffic on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said something puzzling recently. He pointed out that Belgium took into account “hospitalisations, ICU capacity and . . . deaths(...)

 Queues  outside Smyths store in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Toys are becoming the new toilet paper if the queues outside some of the largest toy shops in the State on Monday morning were any indication. The p(...)

Sack of Balbriggan (1920)

On the night of September 20th and 21st, 1920 events happened in Balbriggan which brought the Irish War of Independence to world attention and proved (...)

‘This might be the most traditional Christmas than we have seen for many years.’

The list of seasonal milestones set to be cancelled, curtailed or re-imagined this winter is long. It is either profoundly depressing or a golden oppo(...)

Ikea said it would reopen with a number of anti-virus safety measures in place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ikea is among the major retailers to confirm they will reopen next week, after the Government announced an acceleration of its economic reopening plan(...)

Lego is usually more analogue than digital, but this Super Mario Adventures Lego set is more high tech than usual. Created in partnership with Nintend(...)

 Grafton Street on December 21st, 2019: Consumers were due to spend about €2,800 per household over the Christmas period. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto

The threat of a no-deal Brexit hung like a dark cloud over the Irish retail industry for much of 2019, weighing on confidence. The threat of a disorde(...)

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