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#Christmas

# christmas - Last year 2021

No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases

Nov 13th 2021, 1:00 PM 34,321 Views 35 Comments

Cabinet sources believe the country needs to ‘ride this out’.

Poll: Is it acceptable to start playing Christmas music yet?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Is it acceptable to start playing Christmas music yet?

Nov 3rd 2021, 8:20 AM 43,472 Views 61 Comments

The decorations are up in the stores but is it too early for festive tunes?

Poll: Will you start your Christmas shopping early this year?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Will you start your Christmas shopping early this year?

Oct 23rd 2021, 10:31 AM 33,106 Views 32 Comments

Supply chain issues are already impacting product supplies this year.

Voucher scheme for off-peak tourism season part of the Budget negotiations, says minister
# Winter Holidays
# Winter Holidays

Voucher scheme for off-peak tourism season part of the Budget negotiations, says minister

Oct 1st 2021, 9:55 AM 16,611 Views 23 Comments

The Stay and Spend scheme was under utilised due to the continuous Covid-19 restrictions, said Minister Catherine Martin.

British Christmas meats ‘under threat amid shortage of butchers’
# Brexit
# Brexit

British Christmas meats ‘under threat amid shortage of butchers’

Oct 1st 2021, 7:46 AM 37,321 Views 72 Comments

Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, is said to be opposed to recruiting personnel from outside the UK to fill the workers gap.

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 14,545 Views 12 Comments

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

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 35,170 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 - All time

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 48,873 Views 15 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.

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 41,324 Views 28 Comments

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

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 34,832 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 19,148 Views 7 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 33,261 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 31,429 Views 15 Comments

We’ve all done it.

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 8,834 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…

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 39,195 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 24,975 Views 6 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 17,063 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 34,924 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 35,500 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 16,246 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 12,248 Views 13 Comments

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

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 27,017 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 36,687 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 17,354 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 37,760 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach said there are 700 contact tracers employed.

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 36,109 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 13,502 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 89,222 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 7,343 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 26,887 Views 56 Comments

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

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 176,857 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 36,849 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 33,181 Views 33 Comments

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

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 8,799 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 49,860 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 14,980 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.

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 54,435 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 22,052 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 98,995 Views 133 Comments

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

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 22,646 Views 24 Comments

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