#Christmas Features

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    How to deal with grief on the first Christmas after losing a loved one

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, sings Andy Williams. And for many, that sums up Christmas. But for…

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    Wine with Leslie: Last-minute gifts for the wine buff

    Don’t fret, you still have two days and remember that your local wine merchant is perfect for last-minute gifts. You…

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    The Heart of the City: Billy O’Callaghan’s short Christmas story

    Last year, on a Wednesday lunchtime full of watery sunshine and stern, snapping wind, a week before Christmas, I was making…

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    Home from the hospital: The best Christmas present for Kelvin and Chantelle

    Most of us are busy shopping, wrapping gifts and preparing food for Christmas Day. But, aside from the religious traditions,…

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    Michael Moynihan: Twelve icons of Christmas 2023 — Cork version

    If you are ‘doing’ the 12 pubs of Christmas good luck to you and your inner organs. I don’t judge,…

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    Christmas dips: making a splash at festive swims around the country

    YELPS and squeals will be heard all across Ireland this Christmas morning. It won’t just be excited children exclaiming at…

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    Elf and safety at home – during the most chaotic time of the year 

    Christmas can make home somewhat unrecognisable for children. There’s the bauble-laden tree, the festooned decorations, mysterious brightly-coloured packages, visitors coming…

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    The 12 rows of Christmas: how to navigate seasonal stresses together

    Sky-high expectations along with demands of grandparents, in-laws and home-for-the-holidays friends — it’s all a recipe for squabbles, clashes, and…

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    Dear Dáithí: How do I stop all the hints about starting a family?

    There are no grandchildren in my family yet and I have no plans to have children any time soon. But…

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    The ultimate local gift guide: Over 100 Irish shops and brands to buy from this Christmas

    Any Corkonian would be thrilled to have a print of their hometown under the tree. Giles Norman’s prints are available…

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