Beating the big chill... in 1916

While soldiers braved freezing conditions in the trenches 100 years ago, people at home in Cork knuckled down to the coldest winter in living memory. Robert Hume investigates how they tried to keep warm.

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Set out your stall for the Christmas festival experience

All across the country, thousands of rosy-cheeked revellers are delighting in the festive cheer
of Christmas markets. Kelly O’Brien takes us through the best the country has to offer.

 

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Remembering the Christmas ads that touched our hearts

Forget about the Christmas movies – these days it’s the big budget ads we want to see, writes Suzanne Harrington

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This much I know: In conversation with Gavin James

Gavin James gives Hilary Fennell a glimpse inside his life and head.

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How Fota prepares for 60,000 visitors to Santa

More than 60,000 people visit Fota’s Christmas attraction each year. Marjorie Brennan checks out the preparations for Santa’s arrival

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

Got plans this weekend? Here are our suggestions...

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Meet the people who make your Christmas shopping experience as festive as possible

Who picks the wrapping paper, the music and the decorations in our top stores? Vicki Notaro meets the people who make your festive shopping special – including the woman at Boots who works on Christmas all year round

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75 years after Pearl Harbour, the consequences are still being dealt with

75 years on, the consequences of Pearl Harbour have yet to be fully played out, writes Geoffrey Roberts

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Limerick band Windings bring new music to the table

The veterans of the Limerick music scene are among the acts on their way to Other Voices in Dingle over the weekend, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Scene and heard: The latest entertainment news

All your entertainment news in one handy place

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Santa plays by the house rules with parent friendly presents

Mum-of-seven Jen Hogan is grateful the Man in the Red Suit works alongside parents and only brings to children the things he knows the parents will permit... so no dwarf hamster this year

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How Cork's retailers turn their windows into a winter wonderland

Some of Cork’s favourite retailers explain how they create their famous Christmas windows, writes Ciara McDonnell

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The story behind your favourite Christmas shop window dressings

Ciara McDonnell on how a window becomes a wonderland

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Fairytale feast of recipes inspired by children's books

Caroline Hennessy creates a feast of not so fictional food: Spiced hot chocolate, Swedish ginger snaps, home baked beans, and roast eggs

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The Toy Show: Ryan Tubridy is all set for the big night

As Ryan Tubridy gets ready for his eighth Late Late Toy Show, he’s as  enthusiastic as ever about a night that really is all about the children, writes Des O’Driscoll

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MAKING CENTS: Follow simple steps for safer online shopping

Despite last Friday being a regular working day here, we were inundated with ads promising mega, never-to-be-repeated deals, as retailers embrace the US import Black Friday, rapidly followed by yesterday’s Cyber Monday. If you bagged a genuine bargain that you are delighted with, well done, writes Gráinne McGuinness

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Ban smacks of needing more work

One year on from the smacking ban, parents need help, says Nuala Woulfe

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Movember manpower: Men still reluctant to seek help for health problems

Despite the success of the Movember campaign, men now more than ever need to heed the message and go for a check up, says Arlene Harris.

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Colin Butts is searching for his Irish mother before he loses his battle with cancer

Before he succumbs to terminal cancer, Colin Butts wants to find the Irishwoman who gave him up for adoption, writes Arlene Harris

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13 personalised gifts to get your loved ones this Christmas

Personalised persents are a big trend for the season of giving. Ruth O’Connor picks some of the best gifts you can add the lucky recipient’s name to, to make it extra special.

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This much I know: In conversation with Vogue Williams

Vogue Williams gives Hilary Fennell a glimpse inside her life and head.

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You don't need to run for president to be a Supergirl

A ‘supergirl’ can take many forms and roles. It’s not all about being president or bust, writes Áilin Quinlan.  

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What happens when your baby arrives 11 weeks too early?

A premature birth can be terrifying. The care of a pre-term baby is very different to that of a full-term baby, as one mother tells Áilín Quinlan

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Time to address financial hardship being faced by many cancer patients

The financial hardship cancer patients endure is seldom talked about and seldom seen, suggests George F Winter.

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Marymount Hospice: Educating for a healthy approach to palliative care

Marymount Hospice runs a programme on the fundamental aspects of loss, grief, and bereavement that is open to everybody, including the public, writes Colette Sheridan

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Don’t end up counting costs of winter motoring

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) issued advice to motorists on getting ready for bad weather as far back as September but an unusually mild autumn made it easy to put the suggestions on the long finger, writes Grainne McGuinness

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How one man fell out of love with his passion - collecting comics

Collecting comics has been my life’s passion, but now I’ve fallen out of love with them, writes Donal O’Keeffe

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Did you know the inventor of the submarine tested an early prototype in Cork's North Mon?

Submarine inventor John Phillip Holland tested one of his first prototypes in a North Mon pond, writes Ailín Quinlan

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Survivor explains why young adults need to recognise symptoms of meningitis

A survivor explains to Arlene Harris why teens and young adults risk getting meningitis — and not detecting it until too late

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Sky Matters: Soak in the wonders of the night sky this December

Crisp cold nights, a touch of frost on the ground and the lure of a cosy fire might conspire to keep us indoors in December, but it really is worth popping your head outside, even for a few minutes, to soak in the wonders of the night sky.

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Oliver Plunkett Street traders still proud of their Great Street Award

One year on – Oliver Plunkett Street traders reflect on their ‘Great Street Award 2016’, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Irish casting agent Ros Hubbard on what it takes to be a star

Irish casting agent Ros Hubbard discovered some of Ireland’s brightest acting talent, and cast everything from Lord of the Rings to The Commitments. No wonder she’s being honoured this month by the Irish film community in London, writes Esther McCarthy.

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This much I know: Musician, composer and academic Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

I’ve always been excited by musical sounds. My earliest memory is playing a little toy piano with the black keys painted on.

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

TRY THIS
We all love nostalgia, harking back to more innocent times, so the Snoopy collection from Astier de Villatte, €135, is a welcome addition to Cork’s Samui.

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Something for the weekend...

Experimental Fun
Cork City Hall will host a full day of free science shows today as part of Science Week Ireland 2016. 

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Out on the beat with the unsung community gardaí

Community gardaí are often the first point of contact with the force and offer a reassuring presence on the streets, writes Donal O’Keeffe

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Cork getting crafty with latest woolly trend

They were always known for being cute but lately the people of Cork are getting crafty. Jillian Naughton looks at the growing trend of making it yourself.

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