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Bunny Sweeney Logue drying in the French sunshine after he was reunited with his friend. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Bunny Sweeney Logue is a small beige bunny rabbit but most people mistake him for a bear. He lives on a high-up shelf in our house and spends most of (...)

‘Moral panic over vulture funds is only delaying the end of the arrears crisis.’

In 2011 at the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle, former US president Bill Clinton sauntered onstage and delivered some home truths. Among (...)

Decathlon: ‘All the family’s sporting and outdoor interests can be catered for in one spot’

When our plane touched down in Perpignan last summer, the first stop on the way to our campsite was Decathlon. Top-level intelligence prior to travel (...)

A very happy marzipan pig, the work of confectionery company Niederegger in Lübeck, Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Image of the week: Marzipan woes For many, it’s merely that intriguing layer between the icing of a cake and the cake proper, but in Germany, no Chri(...)

Jennie Ritchie: 'Christmas in Ireland is magic'

I am colder than I could have imagined. Four layers of clothes and still the shivering won’t stop. The kettle is always on. “Another cup of tea?” I n(...)

With retail sales growing at 4.5 per cent year on year, Fingerlings are this Christmas’s craze toy.

Try this for a seasonal brain teaser: what are small and brightly coloured, cling to fingers and are frightening the life out of grown men on both si(...)

Ryan Tubridy and members of the School of Uke from east Cork at the auditions for the Late Late Toy Show in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

“Oh no, not this guy!” says Late Late Show musical director Greg French as he opens a door in the Clayton hotel in Cork to see seven-year-old Jamie O’(...)

Ken doll, €12.99, Smyths.
Top treats for tots

Enchantimals Dolls Smyths, €10.99 Think N Learn, Teach N Tag Movi Littlewoods Ireland, €45.99 Ken doll Smyths, €12.99 (...)

An international affair: A worker places a sign  announcing Black Friday sales at a shop in Valencia, Spain, today. Photograph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA

Black Friday did not exist here a decade ago but it has been embraced with so much gusto by so many shoppers and retailers that tens of million of eur(...)

If you’ve never before attempted getting the Christmas feast to the table, there's plenty of fail-safe recipes to help you put on a real spread

We are very fond of counting the cost of Christmas round these parts but no matter how we have crunched the numbers over the past 10 years, and no mat(...)

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