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The Skellig Islands make an appearance in the leaked trailer of the new Star Wars movie.

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The Paddington Bear balloon cruises over Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Innocent children abused at the Westbank Home and then abandoned by the State

I KNOW one of them fell off a train on his way home from school and two people have told me his shoe-laces were tied together. I know he never came back to school, and no-one ever mentioned him again, recalls Victoria White.

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Toddlers switched at birth to stay with family

Two South African toddlers who were accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with the families who raised them and not be returned to their biological parents, a court-appointed expert has ruled.

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ECB not concerned with banking probe: Honohan

The European Central Bank is not “overly concerned about the Irish situation” and its members have little or no interest in participating in the banking inquiry despite repeated requests for them to do so.

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Operation Transformation: A great weight off Deirdre's mind

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The stars of Euro cosmetics that you should get acquainted withBy Katie Wright

Food & Drink

Wine: Sales are up on Vintage PortBy Leslie Williams

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Food to lift your moodBy Peta Bee

Home & Interiors

Wish List: Some unususal Christmas gift ideas

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Henry’s Boutique Destination: A hidden gem in West Cork with a growing reputationBy Hilary Fennell

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Archer honoured by ‘most literate race’By Claire O’Brien

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Book shines light on the world’s most spectacular gardensBy Peter Dowdall