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‘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(...)

Sam Houston in The Battle of San Jacinto (detail) by the Belfast-born artist Henry Arthur McArdle

As our cargo ship was moving slowly along the canal from Galveston to Houston, Texas, we could see far ahead an immensely high obelisk. When we got ne(...)

The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin reopens on Monday but not with all its usual bells and whistles. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin reopens on Monday but not with all its usual bells and whistles due to social distancing and other guidelines designed (...)

Frank Cullen: A northsider who “emigrated” south of the Liffey with his wife Peg in 1967

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

Mary McKenna, founder of Tour America and Cruise Holidays,  had budgeted to arrange holidays for 45,000 customers this year. Photograph: iStock

One of Ireland’s biggest tour operators expects this year to be a wipeout because of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy but is encouraged by early (...)

DIY stores opened their doors for the first time in seven weeks as part of the initial phase of the lockdown exit. File photograph: Getty Images

“Jaysus, but I never thought this day would come,” said a man outside the Homebase hardware store on Dublin’s Naas Road as he collapsed his car’s back(...)

Brendan Boyle is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry but now lives in Madrid, where he lives with his girlfriend Larissa in the city before it shut down

 Brendan Boyle is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry and now lives in Madrid with his girlfriend. He  works in corporate communicati(...)

 Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tuesday 1.30 Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle Abacadabras (G Elliott) 4-1 Asterion Forlonge (W Mullins) 5-2 Berkshire Royal (W Mullins) 33-1 Captain Gu(...)

The pupils of Kildare Place School sing Christmas carols at the 2019 Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin which raised €45,000 for charity. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

A record € 45,000 was donated to the 2019 Black Santa Appeal last Christmas at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Vicar of St Ann’s, Canon Dav(...)

Enjoying the opening of the FOA Schwarz Toy store at Arnotts: Some 6,500 families visited Santa in Arnotts, a record for the store. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arnotts and Brown Thomas recorded a 7 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, with footfall in both department stores increasing over th(...)

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