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London-based Irish comedian Jarlath Regan: ‘I’m pushing for people not to spend money on me because not everyone is saying how hard they are finding it financially.’

How big are you going on Christmas this year? If I can get back to Ireland, I’ll go big. I’ll see everyone possible and go to every old haunt I used t(...)

Fitbit Sense watch: the most advanced iteration of the popular smartwatch

The world started to get back to something resembling normal during 2021, and this Christmas should bring with it a lot of happy reunions between fami(...)

Have yourself a Von Trapp Christmas

Christmas is a big deal here. Not just Christmas itself but the build-up and the preparation and the near military planning that goes into getting rea(...)

Booksellers recommend their best reads for Christmas 2021. Photograph: iStock

As they prepare for a Christmas they hope will provide a lifeline after lockdown, some of Ireland’s independent booksellers recommend their best reads(...)

Colm Crowley says his pot-grown trees, which are rented out for €40 a year, are a very sustainable way to celebrate Christmas. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Christmas trees aren’t just for Christmas, at least for the Cork business with a pot-grown tree initiative that sees householders rent their tree in e(...)

‘My pet hate is a chaotic, busy space, I can’t relax in rooms that are too fussy or overdone,’ says Amanda Bone

They don’t always see eye to eye on RTÉ’s Home of the Year. Hugh Wallace and Amanda Bone, two of the hosts of the show, have very different tastes in (...)

Rod Stewart: ‘Ireland just has some magic for me.’ Photograph: Penny Lancaster

‘You know I’m not allowed to call you darling any more. Or pet, or baby,” Rod Stewart says incredulously, after letting the word slip in our conversat(...)

Wedding and event planner Sharon Griffin’s table setting. Shot  at Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Philip Lauterbach

Tara O’Connor PR consultant and owner of the Designed Table I start planning my Christmas table in September – it’s the most important table of the ye(...)

Tolü Makay appeared on RTÉ’s NYE Countdown Show in a breakthrough performance that attracted more than 1 millions views online

For Tolü Makay’s burgeoning career, this year started as it meant to go on. On December 31st, 2020, she appeared on RTÉ’s NYE Countdown Show with a st(...)

‘There is no pressure to create a beautiful first draft – this is about intuition, enjoyment, hermetically sealed writing: you and the page’

Lockdown offered many frustrated writers a key to unbolt the constraints of daily routine and an opportunity to work on the novel or work of nonfictio(...)

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