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# 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 18,259 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 39,836 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 32,928 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 47,731 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 26,263 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 14,503 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 16,775 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 46,217 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 28,456 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 13,777 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 20,887 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 96,394 Views 104 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 25,805 Views 27 Comments

‘Tis the season… or is it?

# christmas - Saturday 5 December, 2020

Warning over spate of fake texts claiming customs charges owed on online buys
# Smishing
# Smishing

Warning over spate of fake texts claiming customs charges owed on online buys

Dec 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 90,917 Views 16 Comments

Warnings issued as scammers are using so-called “sim towers” to circulate fake text messages purporting to be from legitimate parcel delivery firms.

# christmas - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period
# HSE
# HSE

Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period

Dec 3rd 2020, 3:59 PM 10,592 Views 4 Comments

The Covid facilities will have to be fully resourced over the holidays, says the HSE.

# christmas - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

'Stay away from crowded shops, streets and buses': Caution urged as retailers open back up for Christmas shopping
# Covid19
# Covid19

'Stay away from crowded shops, streets and buses': Caution urged as retailers open back up for Christmas shopping

Dec 1st 2020, 12:05 AM 19,996 Views 29 Comments

The government has asked customers to “play their part” as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year.

# christmas - Monday 30 November, 2020

Dr Ronan Glynn: 'Just because you can do things from tomorrow doesn't mean that you should'
# LEVEL3
# LEVEL3

Dr Ronan Glynn: 'Just because you can do things from tomorrow doesn't mean that you should'

Nov 30th 2020, 8:10 PM 48,336 Views 53 Comments

Dr Glynn warned that family gatherings at Christmas on top of socialising in the lead-up will pose “significant” challenges in terms of Covid-19 case numbers.

Green Party Minister encourages people to buy a real Christmas tree
# Oh Christmas Tree
# Oh Christmas Tree

Green Party Minister encourages people to buy a real Christmas tree

Nov 30th 2020, 1:55 PM 16,742 Views 27 Comments

Irish growers produce around 650,000 Christmas trees each year.

Poll: When are you putting up your Christmas tree?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: When are you putting up your Christmas tree?

Nov 30th 2020, 7:52 AM 40,704 Views 35 Comments

The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun.

# christmas - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Limit Christmas visits to protect loved ones, says public health expert
# Covid Christmas
# Covid Christmas

Limit Christmas visits to protect loved ones, says public health expert

Nov 28th 2020, 4:30 PM 28,209 Views 33 Comments

Dr Gabriel Scally has said that now is “not the time” to allow the virus to spread.

Face masks while cooking and no hugs: Here's the advice on how to plan Christmas Day this year
# Christmas Like No Other
# Christmas Like No Other

Face masks while cooking and no hugs: Here's the advice on how to plan Christmas Day this year

Nov 28th 2020, 11:55 AM 41,026 Views 63 Comments

How should we plan the 25 December based on what we were told last night?

Dublin business group objects to Council's Christmas music plan saying it would create a 'cacophony' of 'sonic conflict'
# DublinTown
# DublinTown

Dublin business group objects to Council's Christmas music plan saying it would create a 'cacophony' of 'sonic conflict'

Nov 28th 2020, 6:30 AM 34,028 Views 20 Comments

The Council has proposed piloting a radio messaging and Christmas music programme in the Grafton Street area for six weeks starting in early December.

'January lockdown' not ruled out but non-essential retail outlets will not cIose
# January
# January

'January lockdown' not ruled out but non-essential retail outlets will not cIose

Nov 28th 2020, 6:15 AM 32,977 Views 17 Comments

The phased reopening of the country ahead of Christmas was announced last night.

# christmas - Friday 27 November, 2020

What is the new advice around household visits and travel?
# Leaving Level 5
# Leaving Level 5

What is the new advice around household visits and travel?

Nov 27th 2020, 6:24 PM 35,069 Views 30 Comments

The Government has announced its advice for December and the Christmas period.

Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas
# Level Five
# Level Five

Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas

Updated Nov 27th 2020, 12:10 PM 50,165 Views 78 Comments
  • Retailers, gyms and hairdressers are expected to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Cabinet is to decide on when household restrictions will be relaxed this afternoon.
  • A nationwide address by the Taoiseach on the new rules is expected this evening.
RDS Christmas Day dinner for homeless to be held as takeaway service outside Mansion House this year
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

RDS Christmas Day dinner for homeless to be held as takeaway service outside Mansion House this year

Nov 27th 2020, 11:54 AM 13,176 Views 23 Comments

Those in need can attend the mobile kitchen between 10am and 1pm on Christmas Day.

# christmas - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain

Nov 26th 2020, 1:15 PM 17,306 Views 24 Comments

Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.

'He's exempt. He's coming': Government confirms no restrictions for Santa travelling to Ireland this Christmas
# Good News
# Good News

'He's exempt. He's coming': Government confirms no restrictions for Santa travelling to Ireland this Christmas

Nov 26th 2020, 12:16 PM 27,934 Views 26 Comments

Sinn Féin’s John Brady posed the question to Minister Simon Coveney as it is “playing on the minds” of children across the country.

# christmas - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this weekend
# Falalalalalalalala
# Falalalalalalalala

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this weekend

Nov 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 21,317 Views 23 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

# christmas - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Banking federation warns customers to be 'extra vigilant' of online scams in lead-up to Christmas
# Online Shopping
# Online Shopping

Banking federation warns customers to be 'extra vigilant' of online scams in lead-up to Christmas

Nov 24th 2020, 6:10 AM 11,124 Views 4 Comments

Figures from the BPFI show €22m was scammed through card fraud alone last year.

# christmas - Monday 23 November, 2020

White House presses on with Christmas tree ceremony despite coronavirus warnings
# White House
# White House

White House presses on with Christmas tree ceremony despite coronavirus warnings

Nov 23rd 2020, 10:00 PM 36,695 Views 22 Comments

Public health officials have pleaded with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

6,000 books gifted to children in direct provision, hospitals and homeless services across Ireland
# Bedtime Stories
# Bedtime Stories

6,000 books gifted to children in direct provision, hospitals and homeless services across Ireland

Nov 23rd 2020, 2:06 PM 8,178 Views 4 Comments

There are over 2,100 children in direct provision and over 2,500 experiencing homelessness.

Poll: Do you plan to do most of your Christmas shopping in person?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you plan to do most of your Christmas shopping in person?

Nov 23rd 2020, 9:06 AM 37,196 Views 24 Comments

The Taoiseach has said that the country will move back to Level Three restrictions from 1 December.

Discussions being held between UK and Ireland over Christmas with Covid restrictions
# Christmas
# Christmas

Discussions being held between UK and Ireland over Christmas with Covid restrictions

Nov 23rd 2020, 6:35 AM 27,694 Views 15 Comments

It comes amid work within the UK to allow people to meet in a “careful and limited way” over Christmas.

# christmas - Sunday 22 November, 2020

Minister says Christmas 'free-for-all' could lead to January lockdown
# All I Want For Christmas
# All I Want For Christmas

Minister says Christmas 'free-for-all' could lead to January lockdown

Nov 22nd 2020, 4:37 PM 59,922 Views 87 Comments

Pippa Hackett said businesses reopening and closing again wouldn’t suit anybody.

# christmas - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Here's a list of Irish charities that have launched Christmas appeals
# Charities
# Charities

Here's a list of Irish charities that have launched Christmas appeals

Nov 21st 2020, 8:00 PM 38,485 Views 38 Comments

It’s the time of giving, after all.

Restaurant sector faces 'total collapse' in January if not allowed to open in December
# Hospitality
# Hospitality

Restaurant sector faces 'total collapse' in January if not allowed to open in December

Nov 21st 2020, 2:29 PM 32,283 Views 61 Comments

The sector has warned it will lose out on 30% of its annual income.

'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas
# Pandemic
# Pandemic

'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas

Nov 21st 2020, 12:05 AM 75,051 Views 29 Comments

Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.

# christmas - Friday 20 November, 2020

'Social disapproval can be a good deterrent': The battle to ensure compliance with guidelines over Christmas
# Covid19
# Covid19

'Social disapproval can be a good deterrent': The battle to ensure compliance with guidelines over Christmas

Updated Nov 20th 2020, 9:04 AM 28,419 Views 46 Comments

Research shows people’s main concern is about the health of their families and friends making it unlikely they will choose to put them at risk.

# christmas - Thursday 19 November, 2020

'People won't enjoy Christmas with the threat of another lockdown hanging over them', says Eoghan Murphy
# Lifting Level 5
# Lifting Level 5

'People won't enjoy Christmas with the threat of another lockdown hanging over them', says Eoghan Murphy

Nov 19th 2020, 5:25 PM 44,054 Views 54 Comments

Pressure has also been mounting on Micheál Martin to set out that the country will not return to another lockdown after Christmas.