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The Christmas season does not end abruptly even on January 6th. That was a Victorian ruse to get the working classes back in harness.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It appears that Irish people tend to overindulge for weeks rather than mere days over the Christmas holidays. “In Ireland, it goes on as a season – it(...)

At Irish Distillers in Midleton, Co Cork, whiskey fans can choose from two tour options. Photograph: Ferdinandas/Getty Images/iStock

Roe & Co Distillery, Dublin 8 Roe & Co is owned by Diageo who runs the Guinness Storehouse. So, when this distillery was being built, the tou(...)

This is a line-up of fine-dining cookbooks that are aimed at the aspirational cook rather than the practical one

There’s a time and a place for well-worn, sauce splattered cookbooks. This is not it. This is a line-up of fine-dining cookbooks that are aimed at the(...)

The demand for real trees is moderately sensitive to price – a 1 per cent price rise leads to a 0.7 per cent fall in demand

After scares over the past two years about shortages of petrol, toilet paper and flour, it’s good to report that there have been no supply chain probl(...)

Chef Erica Drum: ‘ At Christmas dinner let people help themselves, buffet or family style; they’ll take what they actually want.’ Photograph:  Donall Farmer

“When it comes to reducing food waste, the shopping is where it starts,” says Danni Barry, head chef at the Wicklow Escape, where hyperlocal sourcing (...)

Christy Kavanagh at Kavanagh’s Christmas Tree farm in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow: ‘People see our products  [as sustainable] rather than the plastic ones.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Christmas tree growers have received two festive surprises this year – an almost complete end to organised theft and an environmental shift in consume(...)

The 2021 launches that would make the best, and most up-to-date, gifts this Christmas. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly A Story of My Full Face, (...)

Jesus ‘was born with the substance of the stars and molecules of prehistoric life present and active in his body’. Photograph: Getty Images

Christmas 2021 can bring joy to this world, weighed down as it is with the challenges of Covid. For the early Christian communities the birth of the (...)

Navigating how to have a debt free Christmas comes down to avoiding wasteful expenditure.

Four experts advise on how to reduce costs this Christmas. Karl Cronin Money Advice and Budgeting Service, North Connacht and Ulster Navigating ho(...)

It is as if years have melted into each other or even disappeared altogether into one long dreary annus horribilis. But what must this be like for a child? Photograph: iStock

The most powerful modern Irish Christmas story, Tom Murphy’s great play Bailegangaire, works its way through a lot of trauma. But it ends – because on(...)

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