THE tree is up, Santa letters are in the post and the kinder-spawn fret endlessly as to whether the man himself will pony up on their extensive list of demands, but it is only on hitting Dublin that I begin to feel the first stirrings of Christmas spirit. The town is delightfully en fete: enough lights to humble the milky way, pine forests in every window and streets packed with grimly determined shoppers.
Picture the scene: in sparkling sunshine out of doors, a young couple are joined together in matrimony. The celebrant inclines her head to fasten their hands together, the bright red plumage of her hat matching the bride’s shimmering lipstick.
The French police officer who swapped himself for a female supermarket employee being held hostage had already received a lifetime of accolades by the time he walked unarmed into the store under attack by an extremist gunman.
Dylan Quinn is a dancer and choreographer from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and is about to tour with the Firkin Crane’s Dx2, a double bill of contemporary dance duets. Venues include Firkin Crane, Cork, on November 18; and Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, on November 22. Details at www.firkincrane.ie
A man who claims he was indecently assaulted as a 14-year-old boy by two former BBC radio presenters has told a court in England he recognised them instantly from a photograph after hearing news of their arrest.
The head of the Irish Innocence Project has criticised the Greek justice system after a Carlow woman’s husband who is fighting to clear his name of crimes independent evidence shows he did not commit was prevented from attending his own appeal hearing in that country.