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# christmas - Friday 11 December, 2020

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 20,969 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 96,616 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 25,826 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 106,194 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 10,680 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 20,017 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 48,393 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 16,786 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 40,809 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 28,215 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 41,100 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 34,045 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 33,026 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 35,094 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 50,181 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 13,440 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 17,377 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 28,017 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 21,386 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 11,137 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 36,703 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 8,203 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 37,206 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 27,713 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 59,944 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 41,008 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 32,343 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 75,131 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 28,468 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 44,071 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.

Dublin Airport test centre expecting rise in Christmas demand as people get tested before visiting loved ones
# Pcr Test
# Pcr Test

Dublin Airport test centre expecting rise in Christmas demand as people get tested before visiting loved ones

Nov 19th 2020, 2:14 PM 19,469 Views 12 Comments

The test centre at Dublin Airport is open to anyone who wishes to take a test.

# christmas - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Decision on what restrictions will be in place in December to be made next week by Cabinet
# Level 5
# Level 5

Decision on what restrictions will be in place in December to be made next week by Cabinet

Nov 17th 2020, 7:23 PM 42,648 Views 57 Comments

Level 5 restrictions are due to end on 1 December.

# christmas - Monday 16 November, 2020

Return of thousands of Irish people for Christmas could result in 'hundreds or thousands of cases' in January
# Covid19
# Covid19

Return of thousands of Irish people for Christmas could result in 'hundreds or thousands of cases' in January

Nov 16th 2020, 8:25 PM 51,996 Views 139 Comments

Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said he thinks the majority of people will decide “it’s simply not worth it”.

Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping?

Nov 16th 2020, 8:14 AM 33,775 Views 26 Comments

There are 39 days left until Christmas.

# christmas - Friday 13 November, 2020

Poll: Have you put up your Christmas decorations?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you put up your Christmas decorations?

Nov 13th 2020, 9:11 AM 52,590 Views 62 Comments

Did you put yours up straight after Halloween, or are you waiting until the last minute?

# christmas - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Cork towns and villages to switch their Christmas lights on at 7pm today
# Support Local
# Support Local

Cork towns and villages to switch their Christmas lights on at 7pm today

Nov 12th 2020, 6:30 AM 23,550 Views 21 Comments

It’s part of Cork County Council’s ‘A Real Cork Christmas’ initiative.

# christmas - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach
# Level 3
# Level 3

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach

Nov 11th 2020, 4:40 PM 64,333 Views 111 Comments

Micheal Martin said he would give advanced notice to businesses ahead of December.

17 iconic Dublin buildings and city streets to light up in December for Christmas
# Winter Lights
# Winter Lights

17 iconic Dublin buildings and city streets to light up in December for Christmas

Nov 11th 2020, 12:58 PM 14,954 Views 5 Comments

All 17 locations will be lit up from the first week in December until the end of the month.

'Please bear with us': Huge spike in parcel volumes causing delays as Level 5 online shopping booms
# An Post
# An Post

'Please bear with us': Huge spike in parcel volumes causing delays as Level 5 online shopping booms

Nov 11th 2020, 12:05 AM 73,923 Views 101 Comments

Between the deluge of online orders and the need to social distance in depots, An Post has said “everything takes longer” this year.

# christmas - Monday 9 November, 2020

HSE boss says 'we have to be honest' about what Christmas will look once Level 5 restrictions ease
# Paul Reid
# Paul Reid

HSE boss says 'we have to be honest' about what Christmas will look once Level 5 restrictions ease

Nov 9th 2020, 1:04 PM 36,794 Views 21 Comments

Reid told Newstalk Breakfast people will still need to limit their social contacts after 1 December.