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‘It is not a good idea to jump or dive in...’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The chief executive of Irish Water Safety has offered advice to people planning a Christmas swim tomorrow. With the good weather forecast for Christm(...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice: “Grief rates should be capped for kids by some kind of Government body. The five of them were robbed of a dad and that’s enough.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There’s a hole in my pocket and I seem to have lost Christmas. It’s dark in there, so maybe it fell out. How careless of me. I’m sure it’s around here(...)

Serene Ibraheem (4) and her mother Raneem, from Syria, in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. They have been living in Ireland since 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On November 10th, 2018, Serene Ibraheem was sitting in the back seat of the family car when she heard a familiar language on the radio. The vehicle wa(...)

Fintan O’Toole with his sons, Fionn (left) and Sam, at a book launch in 1999. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Christmases are like the marks we make on the kitchen wall to show how tall a child is growing. Except that they are marks on the memory, annual calib(...)

The Christmas Day swim is an obligatory activity for many families across the country. If you haven’t tried it, we highly recommend it. Photograph: Alan Betson

It really is a most wonderful time of year. Family gatherings, indulgent feasts, lively sessions in the pub and the inevitable box set in front of the(...)

Former Syndey Rose Brianna Parkins is having  her first Christmas in Ireland this year. Photograph: Kirk Gilmour

Since moving to Dublin from Sydney in October, friends and family have been asking me how I’m getting on. Some because they genuinely care, others lik(...)

The former Clerys department store changed hands this year. Who are the new owners?

1. Who is stepping down this month as chief executive of Aer Lingus and who will succeed him on January 1st? 2. Irish Continental Group was forced to(...)

Shoppers in Dublin city centre on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“No one’s buying wrapping paper this year,” said Evan Ryan, a stall worker on Dublin’s Henry Street, as he pointed to boxes containing rolls of wrappi(...)

Aaron McMahon underwent an arduous 11-hour surgery to remove a chordoma tumour at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre

A teenager who was told his cancer in the skull was terminal has arrived back in Cork to celebrate Christmas after a successful life-saving operation (...)

Demand for electricity in December has grown year-on-year since 2014.

Electricity demand in the run up to Christmas has increased by more than 10 per cent since 2014, according Eirgrid, the national electricity grid oper(...)

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