The owner of a play centre who opened its doors on Christmas day to families living in emergency accommodation says she got very emotional when little kids thanked her for giving them a proper festive dinner.
Popping down the local for one at Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning for one woman who has transformed the front room of her four-bed home into a fully functioning pub that hosts the local Tidy Towns Christmas party every year.
It’s only one sleep away from St Stephen’s when we can all relax and breathe a sigh of relief till next year but for me there’s still much fun to be had dreaming up delicious ways to use some odds and ends and bits and bobs lurking in my fridge and pantry.
Why does Santa live at the North Pole? How does he get around the world in a single night? And what does he do on Christmas morning? These and many other Christmas mysteries are solved by the Junior Infants of Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin in Carrigaline, Co Cork.
By night he sleeps in doorways and by day he comes here — to the train station to play the piano. With his hood up he sits hunched in to himself, but his fingers spill like light across the keys. And the rush of passers-by is startled to a standing still because he plays the familiar tunes as if his heart beats in his hands.
Looking to see if the joy of Christmas din-dins could be recreated without the sacrifice of some foul, Caomhan Keane invited his friends around for a slap-up Christmas meal, where nothing would be killed for their enjoyment
Don’t panic. You still have a few days left to pick up your wine and wine-related Christmas presents. We all fret far too much about the wine for the Christmas dinner, remember that turkey matches everything but nothing matches Brussel sprouts so there is no perfect match.
I estimate that this is the fourth Christmas column I’ve written for the Irish Examiner, and while I haven’t looked back at the others, I have a sneaking suspicion there are certain similarities between them all.
The pupils of this gaelscoil are doing neither sums nor spelling at home this month, working instead on random acts of kindness.talked to them and their vice principal about the profound benefits of guiding the children to focus on being kind to everyone — including themselves.
Gone are the days when Santa travelled incognito with supernatural stealth. Thanks to digital technology, the jolly old elf now has his Christmas journey closely monitored, writes