How to enjoy Christmas without piling on the pounds

Experts tell Ailin Quinlan how you can enjoy Christmas without piling on the pounds

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A heavy burden for such young shoulders caring for parents this Christmas

Thousands of Irish children will spend this Christmas looking after their parents, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Online Lives: Benny Finlay - Auctioneer turned parenting blogger

Benny Finlay quit his job a year ago to become a stay-at-home dad. Today the former auctioneer blogs about his parenting experiences at daddypoppins.com.

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Appliance of Science: How do reindeers fly?

This question was sent in by seven-year-old Eoin, from Galway.

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Skellig Michael's star turn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is 'the best advert for Ireland ever made'

It’s easy to see how magical Skellig Michael captured Hollywood’s imagination, writes John Daly.

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Simple steps can help you avoid that festive hangover

Avoid a hangover by taking steps before, during and after a night out, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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All the jingle ladies: Making the most of the festive dating scene

There’s no need to join the elf on the shelf this Christmas, says Deirdre Reynolds, who talks to dating experts about finding a mate during the festive season.

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Santa’s helpers reach for the sky - how festive dads cope with demands of Christmas

With so many demands on their time, how do Christmas dads keep going during the festive season? Esther McCarthy talks to four celebrities about juggling it all. 

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I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

It’s time to re-think our Yule excesses. Ellie O’Byrne explains how we can have festive fun, without Christmas costing the earth.

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Ask Audrey: C’mere what’s the story with a one-night scoring pass?

Sorting out Cork people for ages.

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How to survive your first family Christmas apart

It’s December. The ubiquity of happy ads, TV jingles and shop fronts blasting out cloyingly songs of merriment and family happiness are impossible to avoid. 

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Going crackers at Christmas: How to ditch the festive season stress

Ciara McDonnell usually gets caught up in the stresses of the festive season. Can advice from a wellness coach turn it into a more enjoyable experience?

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There’s an entry point for everyone who wants to be a lady in red this season

It’s not just a trend, it’s a statement and there’s an entry point for everyone who wants to be a lady in red this season, says Carolyn Moore

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Making Cents: Switch your mortgage to avail of great savings

For those of us not lucky enough to be on a tracker mortgage, there has been some good news in the last couple of month, with many of the main providers reducing either fixed or variable rates, writes Grainne McGuinness

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Let it Glow, let it Glow, let it Glow: Behind the scenes at Cork's Christmas festival

Before the Glow Christmas experience opened in Cork at the weekend, Ellie O’Byrne went behind the scenes to see the preparations

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Nifty knitted knockers: Volunteers give women their confidence back through crochet

Olivia Kelleher meets volunteers who create hand-made prostheses for women who’ve had mastectomies

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Online Lives: Meet Gaeilgeoir and vegan Amy McColgan from greenleafygael.com

This week Denise O’Donoghue hears from Amy McColgan from Donegal, a blogger who is passionate about the Irish language and her vegan lifestyle.

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Irish knitwear is having a moment - here's some of the best on offer

Irish knitwear is having a moment. Carolyn Moore showcases the very best

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What woman wouldn’t be attracted to a sleep-deprived madman, wearing an aftershave called Vomit Pour l’Homme?

DEAR Women: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news at Christmas time, writes Pat Fitzpatrick.

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From strength to strength: Jake Gyllenhaal deserves the rave reviews for his latest role

Jake Gyllenhaal has already been tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance in his latest movie, Stronger. He deserves the rave reviews, writes Will Lawrence

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Meet the new breed of Irish perfumers making bespoke, one off fragrances

Forget celebrity fragrances. These days women want bespoke, one off fragrances — enter the new breed of Irish perfumers, making scents that set their wearers apart, says Carolyn Moore

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Anthony Barry archive offers a look at life on Leeside in decades gone by

Thousands of Anthony Barry’s pictures have been donated to Cork archives. They offer a look at life on Leeside in decades gone by, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Don’t be down on dyslexia - pupils need support

Helen O’Callaghan reports on how pupils need support 

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Onesie at the ready: Let the countdown to The Late Late Toy Show begin!

The Late Late Toy Show is more than just an entertainment programme. It’s part of our culture and, not only that, it marks the official start of a real Irish Christmas, suggests Jen Hogan.

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Ask Audrey: Invitations to the royal wedding are as a rare as toothbrush in Kilmallock

She’s been sorting out Cork people for ages, so why not Ask Audrey?

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Ryan ready for nautical-themed toy show

Crabs are noted for moving sideways, but Ryan Tubridy will be moving in every direction tonight, writes Evelyn Ring.

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Having each other’s backs inspired project helping young girls

Teenage angst and a sister’s illness inspired a project to help other young girls, writes Jacqui Corcoran.

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We have to look at the points system and question the impact it is having on our children

Thomas Kinsella has a wonderful poem called, ‘Model School Inchicore.’ In the poem Kinsella explores the notion that the old traditional educational system of Ireland shrank creativity rather than promoted it, writes Richard Hogan.

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Treat yourself to a n-ice breaker in one of these festive locations this Christmas

Fancy a night or two away but not sure where to head? Here are a few of Esther N McCarthy’s top choices for a festive break.

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The perfect gifts for everyone unwrapped

Don’t stress — the perfect gifts for everyone are out there. All it takes is a little time and imagination, writes Esther N McCarthy.

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Co-working the new buzzword

For entrepreneurs and freelancers, a rise in co-working spaces gives workers more choice, says Emma Kennedy.

 

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Christmas brings festive songs whether you want a Silent Night or not

Yes, it may be The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but what if all you want is a Silent Night, asks Caomhan Keane

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SkyMatters: Oumuamua is the first object ever to be observed which originated outside the solar system

By 7pm on December 25, we are all likely to have had our fill of turkey and ham, writes Niall Smith.

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Say yes to the (preloved) dress

Finding the right wedding dress in your size can be a challenge. Carolyn Moore looks at the option of saying yes to a preloved dress

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Online Lives: Adam Coleman - Fashion and social issues blogger

Adam Coleman, 22, has been blogging for just over a year, writes Denise O’Donoghue

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How to survive Christmas

In spite of our best efforts to protect ourselves from abusing our bodies and bank balances, every Christmas we spend money we don’t have and eat food we don’t need. So why do we do it? Deirdre Hynds gets behind the psychology.   

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Long road to success for mass-market electric and driverless cars

Elon Musk has built the Tesla Gigafactory in the midst of the Nevada desert. But even the deep pockets of the greenminded billionaire could be challenged by the investment needed to create mass-market cars that are electric and driverless, writes Jon Gertner.

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The Shape I’m In: Paul Howard - 'Once we reach middle age, our bodies are like vintage cars'

EVERY morning, Paul Howard and his dog set off from Dublin at 7am to drive to Avoca, where he spends the day writing.

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