- Revisiting our Christmas traditions
WHAT'S your favourite Christmas tradition? From staying up to watch The Late Late Toy Show to the Finnish custom of visiting the graveyard on Christmas Eve, the history of festive traditions is as long as Santa's present list. We asked celebrities for their favourites.
- Horse hating comedian Jarlath Regan is rearing to go
Jarlath Regan, who will perform a rare Irish gig at the Mill Theatre in Dublin on Sunday (Dec 22), grew up in the Curragh, Co Kildare. His father's a horse trainer, but the stand-up comic doesn't have much time for the creatures.
- A special breed of companion this Christmas
CHRISTMAS is when we become acutely aware of the people who mean most to us; their presence or absence, their love or their loss. Conversely, dutifully gathering with people from whom we've grown apart can leave us feeling as wretched as Ebenezer Scrooge when Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas had finished with him.
- Encyclopaedia of Music reveals Ireland's achievements
THE Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland is the summation of 10 years of research, and brings together some 2,000 articles by 240 contributors in a handsome two-volume, cloth-bound edition.
- Scene and Heard
- Top 8 mince pies TESTED
IT'S good to welcome newcomers to this year's collection of mince pie makers.
- Festive bites: Neven Maguire shares his favourite Christmas recipes
Neven Maguire: Maple Glazed Ham with Pineapple Salsa
- Is the pop album dead?
Album sales in Ireland are a third of what they were eight years ago. John Hearne wonders if this signals the end
- Fred call it a day
Joseph O'Leary reflects on 15 years with one of Cork's best-loved bands.
- Here are some practical tips for buying affordable gifts
Don't panic — you have this weekend and next to secure presents, tokens of appreciation, stocking stuffers and gifts to take to friends' houses.
- Retailers pin hopes on 'make or break' weekend's trade
Shops are facing into the "most crucial weekend ever" in the country's retail history with Retail Excellence Ireland warning some stores face going to the wall unless they have a bumper few days ahead of Christmas.
- Right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming had ‘peaceful death’
The partner of Marie Fleming, the woman with multiple sclerosis who lost a right-to-die challenge in the Supreme Court last April, has vowed to continue her campaign.
- Lawson ‘not surprised’ as ex-PAs acquitted
TV cook Nigella Lawson said she was "disappointed but unsurprised" by the acquittal of her former personal assistants on fraud charges, adding that her experience as a witness was "deeply disturbing".
- Putin releases Russia’s most famous prisoner
Russia's most famous prisoner and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky walked out of jail after more than 10 years behind bars, immediately flying to Germany following his surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin.
- Nama defends McKillen loans sale
Nama is not interested in the personalities behind loans and the decision to sell Patrick McKillen's loans to the Barclay brothers was taken on a purely commercial basis, the agency's CEO has claimed.
- News Corp buys Storyful for €18m
Former RTÉ journalist Mark Little has sold Storyful, the social media news agency he founded, to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for €18m.
- Ryan to make decision on 2014 next week
Cork Ladies Football manager Eamonn Ryan is undecided on his future as Rebel boss.
- Being frozen out again not an option for Reds
RABO DIRECT PRO12:Munster v ScarletsIf it's Scarlets at Musgrave Park, there must be showers.
- Dressed up
IN January, Belgian designer Diane von Fürstenberg opens Journey of a Dress, a touring exhibition celebrating 40 years of her signature wrap dress.
- Pennies from Heaven
ONLY a short distance separated the church from the parochial house, barely half a mile along the sweeping boreen that skirted the top of the village, but Fr. Kennedy had lingered too long in the sacristy, fussing over details hardly worth the bother, and by the time the church was locked up and properly secured, night had already fallen.
- €97k TD: I’d make more as a plumber
A senior Labour TD has claimed he would earn more as a plumber than the €97,000 he receives for sitting in the Dáil.
- SvP seeks help after toys run out
For the first time in its history, St Vincent de Paul has run out of toys for distribution to families — five days before Christmas.
- Nurse snatched scalpel off doctor about to cut vein
A nurse has described how she cried 'Jesus, what are you doing?' and snatched a scalpel from a doctor's hand, moments before he was about to cut into an elderly patient's vein in order to take a blood sample.
- Heritage series, Article 4 - Why archeology is an important part of understanding who we are
What image springs to mind when you hear and see the word archaeologist?
- Real deal Bergin hurled into big time
You might imagine that returning from seven years in America was the turning point in Kieran Bergin's Tipperary career, or perhaps simply his re-dedication to the game of hurling since early last year.
- Joe McNamee's annual Food Awards 2013
Weekend food columnist Joe McNamee highlights the best Irish produce each week in The Menu.
- Charity holds funds after CUH refuses to ringfence beds for CF patients
A charity that raised millions for a new ward at Cork University Hospital (CUH) has refused to hand over the money after management reneged on a commitment to ringfence beds for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.
- Irish brand agency wins Trinity contract
A top Irish brand and communications agency has beaten illustrious international competition to win a prestigious contract to help review Trinity College's brand and shape a new and distinct identity.
- Cashing in on the charitableness of others
ON Dec 7, 2007, Jim Nugent told the Mahon Tribunal, under oath, that he had been involved in a whip-around for Bertie Ahern.
- Lehane still haunted by final failure
Cork hurler Conor Lehane admits the regret of not closing out the drawn All-Ireland final continues to eat away at him.