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A doctor receiving Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine at Hartford hospital in Connecticut. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has been approved for distribution in Ireland and other EU member states.  Photograph:  Getty Images

As we face into a Christmas like no other there is at least the promise that we may not have to endure such a festive season again. Rapidly rising nu(...)

Brussels sprouts, the perennial Christmas vegetable, go perfectly with seafood. Photograph: iStock

Seafood and shellfish is at its best at winter time because of the cool waters of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, most of us fail to align the winter sea(...)

A survey found that one-third of respondents start their Christmas shopping in September. One in eight of them said Christmas would leave them in debt. Photograph: iStock

It’s way too early to talk about Christmas, right? Well, not if you are among those who fell into debt over it last year. After back-to-school costs a(...)

Santa was wearing red and white well before Haddon Sundblom’s iconic 1930s Coca Cola advertisements. Photograph:  Aurore Mesenge/AFP via Getty Images

There are those who will have you believe that Santa Claus wears red and white in honour of the colours of the Coca-Cola brand. This is nonsense. The (...)

 Krampus, a horned creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In most English-speaking countries, the worst fate a naughty child can expect on Christmas is an absence of gifts (or, in the US, coal). Children in o(...)

‘Make a list and check it twice – what do you still need to buy?’ Photograph: iStock

Is the cost of your Christmas already racking up? With two weeks to go, it’s easy to get snarled in festive spending. If your halls aren’t decked with(...)

Tony Kelly of the HSE’s motorcycle response unit: Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The number of people killed on Ireland’s roads over the past year looks set to be similar to the number who died in 2017. As of midday on Friday, 149(...)

Photo of a multi generation family having a celebratory toast over  Thanksgiving dining table, during dinner

The easiest way to go about pairing beer with your Christmas dinner is to think about matching intensities. If you’re going for a light starter, serve(...)

Dundee cake

If you’ve left it too late to make a traditional Christmas cake, this week’s recipe is just for you. This gorgeous Dundee cake is understated, old-sch(...)

Fr Rewas Anba Bishoy celebrates Mass at Saints Maximus and Domadius Coptic Church on St Alphonsus Road, Dublin. Photograph: Shawn Pogatchnik

You may think Christmas is done and dusted for another year, but in the Coptic corners of Ireland, the greatest celebration of the season arrives at m(...)

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