Joe O'Shea: I'm getting married in 10 days
With his nuptials mere days away Joe O'Shea imparts some valuable pre-ceremony advice
Giving the gift of time
Meet the volunteers, who, in the midst of the all-consuming Irish Christmas, sacrifice their own time to make Christmas Day a little bit better for others.
Little boy who has fought the odds his whole life
Born with Down syndrome and serious heart problems, brave Conor is ready to be a big brother.
All Marks and Spencer toys to be gender neutral by spring 2014
Marks and Spencer said the decision had been taken several months ago but was made public
The eight types of friends all women need: which one are you?
From the risk-taker to the over-sharer, meet the eight personalities every woman needs in her life to help her stay sane.
Competitive spirit - Top ten family games for Christmas
What board-game will you be picking from the shelf this Christmas?
'I feel cheated that suicide has taken my two brothers'
A double tragedy 20 years apart had a devastating effect on Mary O'Neill.
Vogue McFadden on married life, love and Christmas
Vogue spoke with Barry Egan about married life and Brian's Christmas present. Credit: Caoimhe Gaskin
Norah Casey talks exclusively to Independent.ie about her new romance
Sunday Independent Chief Feature Writer & Columnist, Barry Egan, spoke with Norah about her new romance. Credit: Caoimhe Gaskin
'My dress is for the woman, the zipper for her partner' - Roland Mouret
Independent.ie's Bairbre Power meets legendary fashion designer Roland Mouret, the man behind the famous 'Galaxy' dress, to talk about his most famous work and the idea of being 'ladylike' ahead of the launch of his new line at Brown Thomas. Credit: Kyran O' Brien/Clare Cullen
Independent.ie at the Marie Keating Foundation fundraiser
Hoping for a final boost in funds before they ring in the New Year, the Marie Keating Foundation hosted a three-course meal with all the trimmings at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Credit: Kyran O'Brien/ Mark McConville
Littlewoods Ireland show off their fabulous new Spring/Summer 2014 collection
Littlewoods Ireland show Independent.ie their fabulous new Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Credit: Caoimhe Gaskin/ Mark McConville
Catherine Fulvio's fabulous Antipasto board
Chef and author Catherine Fulvio takes us though her perfect antipasto plate.
Andrew Rudd's Mulled Wine Receipe
Andrew Rudd takes you through the steps to create the perfect mulled wine this Christmas.
Carolyn Donnelly's eclectic guide on Christmas decoration
WHIMSICAL is the best description of Carolyn Donnelly's Christmas style.
Home for Christmas - Mistletoe Magazine
Irish model Thalia Heffernan stars in "Home for Christmas" for Mistletoe magazine.
David Beckham gushes about Victoria 'I'm always proud of her'
David Beckham gushes about his 'talented' wife Victoria and their four 'amazing' children at the premiere of The Class of 92 in London.
Jingle bells on a budget: our €150 shopping expedition
Graham Clifford keeps things simple at Christmas preferring to spend on experiences
Competitive spirit - Top ten family games for Christmas
In a poll last year Monopoly was voted as the family's favourite Christmas game.
Christmas 'miracle' brings joy to couple as they are reunited with baby who survived Philippines typhoon
AN IRISH family's Christmas dream came true as they arrived home with their adopted toddler son who miraculously survived the Philippines typhoon by sheltering in a shattered church.
David Coleman: Don't lose your head this Christmas
Germany ho, ho, hopes to lay claim to Father Christmas
Stars shows their support as charities hit by backlash
Mrs Brown warns against buying unofficial T-shirts from Moore Street traders
The real man's guide to shopping
Manage your hangover this Christmas
Irish model Holly Keating taking it easy over Christmas after meningitis battle
IRISH model Holly Keating is looking forward to a chilled out Christmas and with good reason – the sultry model has had a pretty tough year.
Cancer society seeks to ban fair-skinned people from sunbeds
The Irish Cancer Society has said that legislation governing the use of sunbeds in Ireland has not gone far enough in clamping down on cancer risks.
Dear Rosanna: Will tablets help boobs to grow?
Agony aunt Rosanne Davison answers readers' personal questions.
Manage your hangover this Christmas
Post-abortion counselling soars - Irish Family Planning Association
HSE has run €350m over its budget for 2013
EU critical of failure to cut generic drug prices
New mum's ordeal after 3am maternity unit renovation works
Hospital sorry for night works in maternity ward
Pupils in deprived areas close gap but still lag behind in maths and reading
CHILDREN in primary schools in disadvantaged areas are performing better in maths and reading than they did six years ago, but they still lag behind other pupils of their age.
Happy students give top marks to college life
Students are broadly satisfied with college life, although significant minorities may not be getting the best from the experience.
'Be prepared' -- should schools take lessons from scouts?
They pitch their tents in the woods, make camp fires, cook, and go on hikes. They work in teams under patrol leaders, solve problems, and try to support each other.
Ivan Yates: 'I escaped boarding school to attend university of life'
Finding approach to study that works for you key to a productive Christmas
Teen is en route to LA after taking maths step closer to 'Cycle' solution
'People can see me for me and not for the condition I have'- Life as a student with epilepsy
DIT's uni bid gets boost from minister
Time to spread the word – reading's great
Kim Kardashian laughs off suggestions Baby Nori's brows are waxed
Proud mum Kim Kardashian has hit back at suggestions that she waxed her daughter North West’s eyebrows.
Smile! Proud mum Kim Kardashian shares adorable snap of daughter Nori
Reality star Kim Kardashian has shared an adorable new picture of her little girl North.
From 'party girl to proud mama' - reality star Snooki admits she had to work at parenting
Snooki gave up drinking after a wild night spoiled her breast milk with alcohol.
[TICON-A VIDEO] Having it all: proud mother Gisele Bundchen breastfeeds in hair and make-up session
RTE's Claire Byrne: I’ve been blessed with a chilled-out baby
[TICON-A VIDEO] Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll welcome first baby together, a 9 lb boy
Creche workers are educators, cooks and surrogate parents...
David Coleman answers: Should I allow my children to sleep over with their friends?
Xpose host Aisling O'Loughlin welcomes her 'little dote' Louis into the world
Who needs Turkey?
Not everyone cherishes festive culinary tradition. We invited Catherine Fulvio to share the magic of a Sicilian Christmas, Eleanor Heffernan creates a dish for ‘the vegetarian in the family’ and Trish Deseine brings us into her French kitchen
Irish not as merry as their European counterparts
The age-old familiar stereotype of the drunken red-faced Irish may have to be re-assessed in light of new research into the drinking habits of the European nations.
It's the small things: Try these fun Christmas nibbles
Festive snacks don't have to be fiddly, says Bill Granger
finding the Dreamer in the kitchen
Haute-cuisine price-tag for a fishy TV dinner - world's most expensive ready-meal revealed
[TICON-A SLIDESHOW] Photos: Would you order these gruesome dishes at the 'I'm A Celebrity' restaurant?
Is 'gluten-free' really best for everyone?
Yummy Nigella - how we could soon sample TV chefs' food from our TVs
Eating In: Mexican Steak Burrito
Spoiled for choice with M'n'M, which one will it be -- the M3 or the M4?
THEY will be here in June and will cost a little over the €100,000 mark each. So which one is for you?
Ford's EcoSport plays the crossover game - but there's a price to be paid
JUST remember this new Ford EcoBoost small SUV/crossover was originally designed for, and made, in Brazil and a lot of things make sense.
What you can do to make a happier and safer season
THREE people are dying and eight more are seriously injured every week in Ireland.
Time to look forward -- thousands facing tough decision on car buying
Volvo's 'cage' will make you safest on the road
Nose for hire: research job on emissions not to be sniffed at
Have fuel costs taken enjoyment out of driving?
Rate-your-dealer plan puts customer in driving seat
It hasn't gone away you know -- the swappage scheme that is
Travel: Christmas cracker in New England
Thomas Breathnach samples the sights and sounds of true festive spirit in one of America's oldest cities
Travel milestone as Dublin to Perth route unveiled
A breakthrough Dublin to Perth route will be introduced next year.
Aer Lingus overhauls its bag charges
Aer Lingus has introduced a new baggage charge structure on its short-haul flights as it battles with Ryanair for innovative ways to lure passengers.
An 18th-century view of Cork city
ONE of Cork city's oldest terraces at Nicholas Street is the location for a remarkable historic home with city rooftop views to die for.
2013 - The year of two markets
THIS year will be remembered as the year of two property markets. Ireland's cities, led by Dublin, saw improving prices build at pace to the degree that by the third quarter, the CSO had prices in the capital rising at just over 1pc per month -- even despite a continued squeeze in mortgage lending by the banks.
Choice ingredients for Great Walls in Ireland's Chinatown
HEAD to any big property auction these days and there's an excellent chance you'll find more than a smattering of Chinese bidders present.
7 Irish workers in the Service Industry on tipping at Christmas
Independent.ie spoke to staff across a variety of customer-facing roles about what kind of tips they are expecting in the run-up to Christmas.
Husband dies on Australia trip won by wife on Ellen
A woman who won a trip to Australia on the 'Ellen' show has lost her husband after tragedy struck while skydiving as part of the trip.
Christmas tree penguin costume parade opens Christmas festival in South Korea
A penguin dressed as Santa Claus led a group of penguins dressed as Christmas trees through South Korea's largest amusement park yesterday
AA Roadwatch describe the weather as 'Mother Nature' going through 'the change'
AA roadwatch tweeted the comparison in response to a tweet regarding the snow.
Video: Ryanair plane forced to land sideways in windy conditions
With winds of up to 150km/h, hats off to this Ryanair pilot who was forced to use a slightly unorthodox approach to the runway yesterday.
Independent.ie meets the lad who asked the Internet for a pint
THE advert said, 'pint with anyone'. So Mark McConville took up Shane Cahill’s offer to meet him at the Bleeding Horse, to see if he is worth buying a few pints for.
Sponsored feature: 'Tis the season to be sparkly
Glam up your glasses ahead of Christmas party season thanks to Aurora at Specsavers.
Sponsored feature: All eyes on aspiring young authors
Specsavers is once again sponsoring the children’s categories at this year’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.
Sponsored feature: Advice on driving at night
The clock’s going back and the end of Daylight Savings Time marks a period when the days get shorter and the evenings get longer.
Give yourself credit
Credit is an essential part of the world, whether you're in business or shopping for a new mobile phone on the high street.
The Countdown has begun...
The clock is ticking and the countdown has begun …. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dublin are set to be the culmination of a massively successful Gathering year.
Sponsored Feature: 71% of us claim to have lent someone money and never got it back O2 Money survey reveals
As the Christmas festivities get underway, O2 Money today published a survey exploring the gifting and lending habits of people in Ireland, which revealed that 71% of us have lent someone money at some point and never got it back. Despite the fact so many have ended up out of pocket the survey also revealed that 69% of us still regularly lend or give money indicating we’re still a generous nation at heart.
Sponsored Feature: 48% of people have not visited their dentist in the past year, highlighting need for focus on dental hygiene
Sponsored Feature: One4all – A Seriously Smart Gift This Christmas
Christmas at Kildare Village… A Toast to Chic
This year, there’s a very merry Christmas for everybody at Kildare Village.