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We’re in that weird in between time of year when it’s not quite Christmas but not quite New Year. So now is the time to clear your head and get organi(...)

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Is your fridge still heaving with food? Are there more leftover carrots and potatoes than you can stomach? Does the thought of eating another bite of (...)

Vintage appeal: according to the thrift website ThredUp, last year 64 per cent of women were willing to buy pre-owned pieces compared to 45 per cent in 2006. Photograph: John Greim/Getty

The Christmas sales are in full swing and it is tempting to fill our wardrobe with fresh clothes for the new season. But if you would like to begin th(...)

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How many things you use your phone for these days? Online banking, social media, working...there is plenty of revealing information on the devices if (...)

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It’s Christmas morning and you’ve just got your shiny new phone. You’ve got the new SIM card sorted (if you need it). But how do you transfer all your(...)

‘When I had vested and came out on to the sanctuary to begin the liturgy I noticed a young man as slim as a reed in the back pew. He remained there beyond the reach of the lights, standing in a long dark coat throughout the service.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

I worked as a curate in a rural parish many years ago and I rose early one particular Stephen’s Day to go to the church and read the Mass. There was (...)

For the first time in living memory, there would be hardly any plum puddings

During Christmas week, 1944, the Department of Posts and Telegraphs hired hundreds of temporary workers to sort the avalanche of mail that poured into(...)

John Casey in Casey Rubber Stamps on East 11TH Street in New York’s East Village. Photograph: Lauren Crothers

There’s a Christmas Eve party every year in New York’s East Village, a gathering of strangers, customers, neighbours and friends invited to share liba(...)

Killamuck Bog Loop, Co Laois
10 great family walks for Christmas
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  • December 24, 2019, 06:00

Most of us will doubtless be glad of a Christmastime escape from the clutches of the workplace. A few days cooped up en famille, however, and cabin fe(...)

Behind Christmas and Craciun and Noël and Nollaig, there is that universal experience of trying to get a baby to sleep

Here is a Christmas story for contemporary Ireland, courtesy of Déirdre Kirwan, who was for a long time principal of Scoil Bhríde primary school in Bl(...)

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