What’s on Santa’s list this year?

So, have they been naughty or nice? There’s certainly no shortage of options for the Santa list this year. Áilín Quinlan takes a look at what’s likely to make a splash and the role that social media plays in what children choose.

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Toy story: 10 toys guaranteed to bring out the kid in all of us

Esther N McCarthy picks ten toys that will get the whole family in the play zone.

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Dishing out the chores

Children should help with housework, as it will teach them discipline, independence, respect, and a sense of belonging, says Áilín Quinlan

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Face the festivities with Chanel

We called on make up master Christine Lucignano to bring us beautiful make up trends for Christmas and the party season, inspired by Chanel’s festive collection

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Why Ireland’s biggest fashion names came together to put Irish fashion on global stage

 

UK designers have the government-funded British Fashion Council. Here in Ireland, there was nothing – until some of our top names in fashion came together to create the Council of
Irish Fashion Designers. Carolyn Moore reports.

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How to wear it: The floral dress

It’s this winter’s surprising wardrobe hero. We’ve got three ways to wear a floral dress

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Some great wines of Burgundy to try

Leslie Williams shares some of his favourite wines from Burgundy

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Derval O'Rourke: Quick and easy food to go with hard hitting exercises

This week I’m sharing one of my favourite home workouts.

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Restaurant review: Clanbrassil House - Dublin

“Yeah, well, that’s just like your opinion, man,” drawled The Dude (as played by Jeff Bridges) in The Big Lebowski – the classic Coen Brothers film from 1998.

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Body beautiful: Amanda Byram on giving up fad diets

Amanda Byram, model, TV presenter, and businesswoman, had always exercised but it wasn’t until her 30s that she kicked the fad diets, writes Deirdre Reynolds

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Doctor's orders: Top medics on how to stay well this winter

What should we do and avoid in order to get through the dark months in good health? Helen O’Callaghan asks four leading doctors for their advice

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Thirsty work: 8 health drinks to put to the test

HEALTHY drinks come in all guises — with and without fruit and vegetables, some of them exotic and mysterious.

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Take the mystery out of mattress buying

They say if you make your bed, you have to lie in it. Kya deLongchamps is musing on mattresses this week and guides us towards a soft, heavenly haven. 

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The domestic flash of Francis Brennan

Kya delongchamps wonders if a meticulously-mannered 64-year-old Irish entrepreneur really could have anything new to say in the housekeeping/sanity balance of life? It appears ‘yes’ is the answer.

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Life between the covers of the best interiors books

Carol O’Callaghan choses her pick of this year’s interior books and finds inspirational ideas and sensible solutions, from opulent extravaganzas to practical household tips, in a selection of gift-ready volumes

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Skiing with your children? Here's all you need to know

Want to try a skiing holiday with your children? Mareike Graepel has all you need to know...

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Paradise found with five-star luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives offers truly five-star luxury with a range of all-inclusive packages, writes Barry Coughlan

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A walk on the wild side in the Austrian Alps

Rita de Brún took an Austrian Alps adventure trekking along the Hohesalve and Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve.

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Album review: Experience counts on U2’s return to form

A new U2 album is not the earth-shattering event it might once have been. The biggest talking point around 2014’s Songs of Innocence was that it was bunged, unsought, onto the hard drives of 300 million iTunes users — the music forgotten in the ensuing furore.

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Military top brass: Meet the conductor of the army’s Southern Brigade band

At the age of 17, Brian Prendergast followed a long family tradition of finding a career in music through the army. He’s now the Cork-based conductor of one of the defence forces’ best bands, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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GameTech: Star Wars Battlefront II: Chance to win Loot Skywalker

What happens when the spoils of war start, well, spoiling war? That’s the biggest challenge facing the gaming industry as (nuclear?) winter looms. The scourge of loot boxes, the closest our industry has to opium for the masses, is attacking our troops from within.

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Crab fisherman need department’s help after Ophelia

My friends, the local crustacean fishermen of West Cork’s Seven Heads, have still received no help from the Department of the Marine in replacing equipment lost during Storm Ophelia, writes Damien Enright.

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Rats as abundant as ever

As we recently mentioned, it’s a fabulous year for berries and wildlife is taking advantage. Rats, it seems, are climbing onto hawthorn trees and feasting on a rich crop of wine-red haws, which are now fully ripe, writes Donal Hickey.

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New ape species revealed in all its majesty

In 1842, Queen Victoria visited London Zoo, where Jenny, a female orangutan, made an indelible impression on her, writes Richard Collins.

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