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Cork is finally poised to get a major concert and events centre on a former brewery site after a last-minute deal to increase State investment in the project from €16m to €20m was secured.

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Pope Francis is cheered by faithful during an audience with the Holy See's employees in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Robbie Keane and Stephen McPhail at yesterday's announcement of  the friendly between Shamrock Rovers and  MLS champions LA Galaxy in Tallaght Stadium on Feb 21.
McPhail signs for Rovers

Not even the onset of lymphoma could deter Stephen McPhail from continuing his career and the 35-year-old yesterday agreed a new contract at Shamrock Rovers.

TODAY'S COLUMNIST

Santa Claus’s great gift is his ability to make a child’s hope and joy real

IT’S been that time of year when I’ve been donning my red suit, seeking to deputise for the big man. I wear a short beard all year round, but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been adding a big white fluffy one. My visiting beard, I call it.

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Features

Put your feet up with ten of the best books this ChristmasBy Richard Fitzpatrick

Fashion & Beauty

Is aiming toys and clothes at specific genders harmless?By Louise O’Neill

Food & Drink

Christmas deserts for the kidsBy Darina Allen

Health & Life

Irish couples most likely to fall out on Christmas morningNick Bramhill

Home & Interiors

ESB art collection sale dominated by affordable Irish landscapesBy Des O’Sullivan

Travel

Hideaways for after Santa’s visit and before the new year resolutions kick inBy Tony Clayton-Lea

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Liam Clancy: Playing to a full house

Outdoors

Female minds outperform those of males ... among garden birds at least.Richard Collins