Online and in the shops: Wellie good

Two season wellies from PuddleDucks come in three fun designs — Cheeky Crocodile, Love Heart and Lucky Duck. 

Soft and flexible the wellies have a sturdy sole that is suitable for rain or snow and come with a padded sock that will keep little feet warm and snug on chilly days. On warmer days, remove the sock for a cooler and bigger fitting boot. These wellies are made in the EU with non-toxic and un-leaded PVC and are available in UK sizes 4 to 13, €20.99; 

Online and in the shops: Wellie good

Healthy place: The Cork Allergy and Free From Expo, dedicated to those suffering from allergies, intolerances and/or leading a free-from life, which takes place in City Hall tomorrow and Sunday. Chef Kevin Dundon with Katie Mae and Ellie O’Sullivan from Ballyhooly, Co Cork (pictured) were at the launch. Tickets for the expo — which will include information and advice for those suffering from food, skin and respiratory allergies, along with seminars, cookery demonstrations and a showcase of Free From suppliers – are €10, with children under 12 free; further details on

Online and in the shops: Wellie good

Staying snug: Keep baby snug on chilly days with a hat from Little Green Dot. A great deal of care and attention to detail has gone into these hats, which are hand crafted by Lisa Tonge in Clonakilty. The outer layer is made from ethically sourced, organic cotton-jersey and the hat is lined with super soft 70% natural bamboo (a sustainable, eco-friendly material with anti-bacterial properties). Packaging is made from recycled materials suitable for babies up to 12 months, €16.95;

Online and in the shops: Wellie good

Good cause: Education empowers children with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves. Since 2003, the Soft Toys for Education campaign has enabled the IKEA Foundation to donate €67 million to UNICEF and Save the Children — reaching more than 11 million children through 99 projects in 46 countries. For every IKEA Soft Toy, children’s book or kids meal purchased from now until December 27, IKEA will donate €1 to education programmes. A number of new characters have been added to the soft toy range this year, including this little owl; Kattuggla, €6, suitable for ages 12 months + 


As he prepares to stand down at Wexford Festival Opera, director David Agler tells Cathy Desmond about the highlights of his 15 years at the helmAll set for his swansong: Director David Agler highlights 15 years at Wexford Festival Opera

When it comes to Munster talent and entrepreneurship, our food, agriculture and tourism can be the first industries that come to mind.Making Cents: Plan for your pension direct from Skibbereen

Volunteers from the multinational tech company harvest food fresh from Fota Gardens, writes Peter Dowdall.Made in Munster: The tech giant Apple harvesting food from Fota Gardens

Peter Dowdall takes a look at a plant that thrives in damp soil and is a key part of Ireland’s biodiversityThe wonders of willows: A key part of Ireland’s biodiversity

More From The Irish Examiner