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# christmas - Monday 11 January, 2021

December saw record-high grocery sales, but less money spent on whole turkeys
# Small Turkeys
# Small Turkeys

December saw record-high grocery sales, but less money spent on whole turkeys

Jan 11th 2021, 2:06 PM 14,446 Views 12 Comments

Sales of smaller cuts of meat such as turkey rolls and roast pork increased.

# christmas - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

Poll: Are you going to leave your Christmas lights up for longer than usual?
# Nollaig Na Mban
# Nollaig Na Mban

Poll: Are you going to leave your Christmas lights up for longer than usual?

Jan 6th 2021, 10:34 AM 34,259 Views 33 Comments

Covid-19 cases are surging, the weather is freezing – will you leave the fairy lights up to help cheer people up?

# christmas - Thursday 31 December, 2020

My 2020: 'Covid stole our chance to buy a family home so we now live with my parents'
# Opinion
# Opinion

My 2020: 'Covid stole our chance to buy a family home so we now live with my parents'

Dec 31st 2020, 8:00 AM 48,018 Views 16 Comments

Kildare mum Margaret Lynch says she’s grateful for all the blessings in her life, despite the fact that 2020 pushed her family’s dream of a new home further away.

# christmas - Sunday 27 December, 2020

9 podcast series to binge on during the Christmas holidays (or whenever you like)
# Listening Leisure
# Listening Leisure

9 podcast series to binge on during the Christmas holidays (or whenever you like)

Dec 27th 2020, 11:00 AM 39,626 Views 26 Comments

If you haven’t listened to Slow Burn yet, you have been missing out.

# christmas - Saturday 26 December, 2020

Player Ratings: What's the best post-Christmas snack?
# Sambos Or Sweets
# Sambos Or Sweets

Player Ratings: What's the best post-Christmas snack?

Dec 26th 2020, 8:00 PM 34,745 Views 22 Comments

Are you into turkey sandwiches? Or is a good-old fashioned mince pie the best?

Over 700 children contacted Childline on Christmas
# Call For Help
# Call For Help

Over 700 children contacted Childline on Christmas

Dec 26th 2020, 11:22 AM 19,061 Views 8 Comments

Children who contacted the helpline raised issues such as mental health difficulties, family tensions, and isolation.

Quiz: How much do you know about ham?
# Ham
# Ham

Quiz: How much do you know about ham?

Dec 26th 2020, 11:00 AM 32,886 Views 19 Comments

Ham.

Poll: Will you be regifting any of your Christmas presents?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will you be regifting any of your Christmas presents?

Dec 26th 2020, 9:49 AM 31,397 Views 15 Comments

We’ve all done it.

# christmas - Friday 25 December, 2020

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home
# Opinion
# Opinion

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home

Dec 25th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,130 Views 2 Comments

Virgin Media reporter Brianna Parkins can’t travel home to Australia this year – here, she writes about the many feelings this brings up in her. And the many funny memories…

# christmas - Thursday 24 December, 2020

Quiz: Is this festive film real or fake?
# Movie Quiz
# Movie Quiz

Quiz: Is this festive film real or fake?

Dec 24th 2020, 10:00 PM 38,913 Views 5 Comments

Test your knowledge of some less well-known Christmas films.

'I didn't want to put anyone at risk': International students staying in Ireland celebrate Christmas far from home
# Home And Away
# Home And Away

'I didn't want to put anyone at risk': International students staying in Ireland celebrate Christmas far from home

Dec 24th 2020, 8:30 PM 24,857 Views 5 Comments

International students have been faced with the choice of travelling home for Christmas or staying in Ireland far from their families.

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
# Childline
# Childline

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’

Dec 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 16,706 Views 12 Comments

ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.

Do you want to track Santa's trip around the world tonight? Here are a few options
# He's Coming
# He's Coming

Do you want to track Santa's trip around the world tonight? Here are a few options

Dec 24th 2020, 4:30 PM 34,523 Views 8 Comments

It’s the night before Christmas

Poll: Will you attend a religious service this year?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Will you attend a religious service this year?

Dec 24th 2020, 11:02 AM 35,413 Views 31 Comments

People can attend services online or in person.

Quiz: How well do you know the 1990s version of Miracle on 34th Street?
# Quiz
# Quiz

Quiz: How well do you know the 1990s version of Miracle on 34th Street?

Dec 24th 2020, 11:00 AM 15,835 Views 7 Comments

“Which is worst: A lie that draws a smile or a truth that draws a tear?”

Mind yourself this Christmas: How to care for your mental health during the festive period
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Mind yourself this Christmas: How to care for your mental health during the festive period

Dec 24th 2020, 6:45 AM 12,091 Views 13 Comments

It’s no surprise that many people find the festive period to be a tough time.

# christmas - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Quiz: How well do you know The Muppet Christmas Carol?
# Bah Humbug
# Bah Humbug

Quiz: How well do you know The Muppet Christmas Carol?

Dec 23rd 2020, 10:00 PM 26,578 Views 11 Comments

There’s more gravy than of grave about you.

Poll: Have you done the 'big' Christmas shop?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you done the 'big' Christmas shop?

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:14 AM 36,642 Views 60 Comments

This is a festive season like no other.

Opinion: Staying well at Christmas - some tips from a therapist to help you mind yourself
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: Staying well at Christmas - some tips from a therapist to help you mind yourself

Dec 23rd 2020, 6:45 AM 17,195 Views 1 Comment

Therapist Liz O’Driscoll says it’s important to remember that Christmas is only a couple of days and that we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves.

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'

Dec 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 37,698 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach said there are 700 contact tracers employed.

# christmas - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Quiz: How much do you know about traditional Christmas foods from other countries?
# Dinner
# Dinner

Quiz: How much do you know about traditional Christmas foods from other countries?

Dec 22nd 2020, 10:00 PM 35,908 Views 12 Comments

Do you know your Christmas foods?

Advice for people with eating disorders, and their loved ones, this Christmas
# Food
# Food

Advice for people with eating disorders, and their loved ones, this Christmas

Dec 22nd 2020, 6:30 PM 13,390 Views 0 Comments

Some people start to deny themselves food in the weeks leading up to Christmas, while others binge eat.

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year
# Pup Payments
# Pup Payments

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year

Dec 22nd 2020, 3:06 PM 88,663 Views 10 Comments

Minister Heather Humphreys said applications would be processed “without delay”.

Christmas Fare: Chutney, cranberry sauce and drizzle cake recipes from county Down
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Chutney, cranberry sauce and drizzle cake recipes from county Down

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:30 AM 7,263 Views 0 Comments

Hazel Magill, Head Chef of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, shares some of her favourite festive recipes with you.

Cabinet to meet today to discuss further Christmas restrictions as NPHET announces Covid 'third wave'
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet to meet today to discuss further Christmas restrictions as NPHET announces Covid 'third wave'

Dec 22nd 2020, 6:30 AM 26,779 Views 56 Comments

The Covid-19 sub-committee met yesterday evening to discuss growing concerns.

# christmas - Monday 21 December, 2020

Cabinet Covid Committee agrees hospitality should shut on Christmas Eve
# Christmas
# Christmas

Cabinet Covid Committee agrees hospitality should shut on Christmas Eve

Dec 21st 2020, 10:41 PM 176,353 Views 176 Comments

It is understood that restaurants and gastro pubs could close from mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Quiz: How well do you know these obscure Christmas songs?
# Ho Ho Hum Along
# Ho Ho Hum Along

Quiz: How well do you know these obscure Christmas songs?

Dec 21st 2020, 10:00 PM 36,677 Views 8 Comments

Get Behind Me, Santa!

Coveney says inter-county travel ban may be re-introduced before 6 January
# Covid19
# Covid19

Coveney says inter-county travel ban may be re-introduced before 6 January

Dec 21st 2020, 12:55 PM 32,602 Views 33 Comments

Cabinet will meet tomorrow to decide when tighter restrictions should be imposed.

# christmas - Sunday 20 December, 2020

Opinion: Writing my first children's book, about one of Santa's elves
# Children's Books
# Children's Books

Opinion: Writing my first children's book, about one of Santa's elves

Dec 20th 2020, 12:30 PM 8,681 Views 3 Comments

Donagh Hourihan tells about how he developed the idea for his first children’s book about an elf from the North Pole.

UK restrictions may last 'for couple of months' as new strain harder to contain
# Covid19
# Covid19

UK restrictions may last 'for couple of months' as new strain harder to contain

Updated Dec 20th 2020, 10:36 AM 49,649 Views 40 Comments

Boris Johnson says the NHS would be overwhelmed without action to curb the new coronavirus strain.

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough
# Christmas USA
# Christmas USA

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough

Dec 20th 2020, 8:30 AM 14,795 Views 12 Comments

Not going to Boston for a week after Christmas Day this year will be tough, particularly when his 86-year-old dad is in a nursing home alone, says Larry Donnelly.

# christmas - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Quiz: How much do you know about these TV Christmas specials?
# TV Trivia
# TV Trivia

Quiz: How much do you know about these TV Christmas specials?

Dec 19th 2020, 10:00 PM 54,087 Views 11 Comments

From Father Ted to The Office to The Simpsons, what do you remember from these Christmas specials?

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around
# Happy Holidays
# Happy Holidays

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around

Dec 19th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,810 Views 22 Comments

Advertising professional Kathleen Moore explains the process in creating those memorable Christmas ads and outlines some of her favourites.

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January
# Post-Christmas
# Post-Christmas

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January

Dec 19th 2020, 12:21 AM 98,691 Views 135 Comments

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to sign off on new post-Christmas restrictions.

# christmas - Friday 18 December, 2020

Christmas weather: Wintry week ahead with hail, sleet and possible temperatures of -2 degrees
# Weather
# Weather

Christmas weather: Wintry week ahead with hail, sleet and possible temperatures of -2 degrees

Dec 18th 2020, 12:13 PM 22,603 Views 24 Comments

It’s expected that there will be no white Christmas this year.

WHO warns people against gathering at Christmas as it is ‘not worth the risk’
# Visiting
# Visiting

WHO warns people against gathering at Christmas as it is ‘not worth the risk’

Dec 18th 2020, 8:19 AM 12,145 Views 7 Comments

The Taoiseach said yesterday that people in Ireland should expect new restrictions “before the new year”.

# christmas - Thursday 17 December, 2020

'Only meet people indoors that you trust with your life': Stark warning from HSE ahead of Christmas
# Limit The Spread
# Limit The Spread

'Only meet people indoors that you trust with your life': Stark warning from HSE ahead of Christmas

Dec 17th 2020, 3:47 PM 44,019 Views 50 Comments

The HSE said today that someone must prepare now if they’re visiting someone older or medically vulnerable at Christmas.

Poll: Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
# Gift Buying
# Gift Buying

Poll: Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

Dec 17th 2020, 9:50 AM 20,973 Views 18 Comments

Will you end up panic-buying this year, or are your gifts wrapped and ready to go?

David Meyler: Christmas can be different when you're playing but I always reminded myself how lucky I was
# William Hill
From The42
# William Hill

David Meyler: Christmas can be different when you're playing but I always reminded myself how lucky I was

Dec 17th 2020, 9:04 AM 2,671 Views 0 Comments

In this week’s column, the ex-Ireland midfielder looks back at his career before predicting how two of the weekend’s biggest Premier League games will go.

Britain urged to scale back Christmas as Johnson encourages 'smaller, safer' festivities
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Britain urged to scale back Christmas as Johnson encourages 'smaller, safer' festivities

Dec 17th 2020, 7:10 AM 6,364 Views 7 Comments

The NI Executive will meet today to discuss Covid-19 restrictions.

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