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#Christmas

# christmas - Thursday 24 December, 2020

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

Poll: Will you attend a religious service this year?

Dec 24th 2020, 11:02 AM 35,479 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 16,000 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 12,207 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 26,841 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 36,671 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 17,323 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 37,744 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 36,052 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 13,461 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 89,152 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 7,314 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 26,863 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 176,782 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 36,799 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 33,169 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 8,774 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 49,838 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 14,948 Views 14 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 54,319 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 21,995 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 98,951 Views 133 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 22,626 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 12,199 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 44,165 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 20,992 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 2,689 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 6,378 Views 7 Comments

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

# christmas - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

WHO urges families to wear face masks during Christmas gatherings
# World Health Organization
# World Health Organization

WHO urges families to wear face masks during Christmas gatherings

Dec 16th 2020, 11:35 AM 18,272 Views 26 Comments

It also said that it expects a resurgence of Covid-19 in early 2021.

Poll: Are you happy with the Covid-19 restrictions in place for Christmas?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you happy with the Covid-19 restrictions in place for Christmas?

Dec 16th 2020, 9:17 AM 39,865 Views 40 Comments

The new measures on household visits and inter-county travel take effect from Friday.

# christmas - Monday 14 December, 2020

Poll: Have you started limiting your contacts ahead of Christmas?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you started limiting your contacts ahead of Christmas?

Dec 14th 2020, 9:54 AM 32,932 Views 26 Comments

One death and 429 new cases confirmed yesterday.

# christmas - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Quiz: Who sings this line in Do They Know It's Christmas?
# Band Aid
# Band Aid

Quiz: Who sings this line in Do They Know It's Christmas?

Dec 13th 2020, 10:00 PM 47,856 Views 21 Comments

You’ll get the Bono at least, right?

Poll: Will you try to limit your waste this Christmas?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Will you try to limit your waste this Christmas?

Dec 13th 2020, 11:22 AM 26,271 Views 29 Comments

Limiting waste isn’t always at the top of the priority list at Christmas.

# christmas - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
# Festive Waste
# Festive Waste

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,594 Views 23 Comments

Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas
# Christmas
# Christmas

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 2:43 PM 16,785 Views 19 Comments

The idea to close schools early for Christmas was also raised in Ireland in recent weeks.

Poll: Are you looking forward to Christmas?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Dec 12th 2020, 11:15 AM 46,272 Views 50 Comments

How are you feeling about the festive period ahead?

# christmas - Friday 11 December, 2020

'Amber alert' issued by Eirgrid as electricity system comes under pressure to meet demand
# Supply And Demand
# Supply And Demand

'Amber alert' issued by Eirgrid as electricity system comes under pressure to meet demand

Dec 11th 2020, 1:42 PM 28,859 Views 57 Comments

The warning came as Eirgrid are set to close two peat-fueled power plants in the Midlands.

People advised to limit contacts from today if they're seeing vulnerable relatives over Christmas
# Small Circle
# Small Circle

People advised to limit contacts from today if they're seeing vulnerable relatives over Christmas

Dec 11th 2020, 12:22 PM 13,793 Views 10 Comments

This message was shared by both health officials and government over the past 24 hours.

President Higgins unveils river of light at the Áras for those who cannot join family this Christmas
# Aras
# Aras

President Higgins unveils river of light at the Áras for those who cannot join family this Christmas

Dec 11th 2020, 8:43 AM 20,965 Views 20 Comments

Separately, the president sent his best wishes to third level students in a special Christmas message.

# christmas - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Jon Bon Jovi changes a few lyrics and 'loses all his swagger' in Fairytale of New York rewrite
# 'tis The Season
# 'tis The Season

Jon Bon Jovi changes a few lyrics and 'loses all his swagger' in Fairytale of New York rewrite

Dec 9th 2020, 7:01 PM 96,611 Views 103 Comments

Bon Jovi penned an alternative version to get around any words or phrases that might be deemed offensive.

# christmas - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Poll: Is 8 December the start of Christmas?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Is 8 December the start of Christmas?

Dec 8th 2020, 9:20 AM 25,821 Views 27 Comments

‘Tis the season… or is it?