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Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna was in flying form and whipping up delicious breakfast treats at the launch of Arnotts Christmas gifting advent calendar app this week.

The fancy new app is easy to use and allows users to receive a complimentary gift from Arnotts every day from December 1 to Christmas Eve. After all that time spent pounding the pavements shopping you'll deserve a treat – so spoil yourself.

In case you hadn't noticed – this year is the anniversary of the 1913 Lockout. And to celebrate the anniversary, The Abbey Theatre is staging an all-singing, all-dancing version of James Plunkett's The Risen People. The new show focuses on the inhabitants of an inner city tenement, and is being brought to life by critically acclaimed director Jimmy Fay. The show starts tonight and has an excellent cast.

This Saturday Merrion Square will be a flurry of activity as Christmas on The Square, supported by the good people at Hennessy, returns. Lots of picturesque houses on the Georgian square will throw open their doors for the day and there will be plenty of mulled wine and mince pies on offer. Irish artisan food producers will set up camp in the elegant surroundings of the College of Anaesthetists so you can stock up on stocking-fillers.

Trigger-happy snappers should make their way to the CHQ building in Dublin's Docklands this weekend. The 56th World Press Photo Exhibition is back after a 10-year hiatus and will display some of the most arresting pictures from around the world. The winners were selected from more than 100,000 images submitted so the standard is pretty high. This year's overall winner has been announced as Paul Hansen from Sweden for his depiction of the funeral of two small children in Gaza.