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Here on the Emerald Isle, you might not have three feet of snow outside or Christmas carollers knocking on your door, but that doesn't mean you're not feeling festive.

Whether it's begging your co-workers to turn off Christmas FM in the office or roaring your head off to Fairytale of New York in the pub, the Irish festive season has its own unique quirks.

In fact, a survey by One4All  revealed that watching the Late Late Toy Show is this country's favourite festive tradition.

Well, is there anything more Christmassy than watching some poor four-year-old get starstruck during her toy demo on live TV?

Here are just a few oh-so Irish things we all look forward to in the run-up to Christmas…

1. The Grafton St lights being turned on
Even if you don't hail from Dublin, a trip to the capital is always in order come Christmas. Let's just ignore the 'Grafton Quarter' sign.


2. Guessing which gaudy jumper Ryan's going to wear on the Toy Show this year

Get guessing, ladies. The Toy Show returns on Friday!

3. Hearing Fairytale of New York for the first time on a night out
It's only acceptable in the week leading up to Christmas though.

4. The annual Brown Thomas Christmas windows
Remember the good ol' days when they were aimed at kids? Us too.

5. All of the hot alcoholic beverages
Mulled wine, hot whiskey, Irish coffee, Bailey's coffee… ALL.


6. The Christmas RTÉ Guide
Former esteemed cover stars include Marty Whelan, Miriam O'Callaghan and Dustin. 

7. Your annual Twelve Pubs expedition(s)
There's the work one, the BFFs one, the one you end up on by mistake… but they all finish here:

8. Christmas FM launching again
November 28, people. Prepare for your commute to get a LOT more festive.

9. Your mam getting out the fancy tins of biscuits
USA, Afternoon Tea and (if you're lucky) the purple Cadbury biscuit tin.




One of Dublin's most infamous celebrity hotspots is officially closing down, and it's fair to say we are NOT HAPPY.

The Porterhouse Group have confirmed that Lillie's Bordello, off Grafton Street, will say farewell in the New Year.

Pretty much everyone and anyone have passed through the club since the 1990s, including Julia Roberts, Bono, Rihanna, David Hasselhoff and Mick Jagger.

The dancefloor has seen many well-known faces and has created even more nightlife memories, between this and Club 92, where are all the oldies gone?

The owners of the club, The Porterhouse Group, are claiming that it will announce exciting new plans in the spring; let's hope it's a brand new club that's essentially the exact same as Lillies…

The legendary venue will have its last day of service on January 19, so get yourselves down there before it's gone.



When choosing a tatto, it's essential to opt for something you're pretty sure you aren't going to get rid of. 

After all, they say that tattoos are forever. 

Luckily, if you have gotten over that tattoo you got on holidays or that piece that meant so much to you at one point but no longer does, that saying doesn't necessarily apply. 

Thanks to major developments in laser tattoo removal, it's now the easiest it has ever been to remove that regrettable ink. 

If you're looking to get some tattoo removal done in Dublin, there's a new bespoke laser removal innovation that just landed on Grafton Street. 

FADE is bringing skin therapy, tailored to each client individually, to the forefront, and we're pretty relieved – that tattoo we got in Thailand isn't looking as pretty as it did when we were 18.

'No matter what your reasoning the good news is that nobody has to feel like they need to “just live with it” anymore,' said FADE Founder Aidan O’Connell. 

'The permanency of tattoos is no longer something which has to be accepted, they can be dealt with.'

'Treatment is quick and painless for most people so stop staring in the mirror at your past mistakes and get on with looking to a tattoo-free future. With modern Picolaser technology, the incidence of fading and residue is minimised.'

The laser removal salon is the only dedicated tattoo removal service in Ireland, and their techniques can also be used for other skin isses. 

From treating fine lines to acne scarring, there are a number of skin therapy packs available. 

So long, wonky Thai symbol, hello clear skin. 


Dublin's iconic Bewley's Café has reopened to the public for the first time since February 2015.

The much-loved eatery closed it's doors to make way for a €12 million revamp, and while it was originally thought the renovations would only take six months, the project was later extended.

The newly refurbished establishment, which has the capacity to cater for up to 500 diners, will also play host to a new chocolate factory and bakery.

According to the Bewley's website, many elements of the original café have been carefully restored including the building's exterior and the stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke.

Once described as "the heart and the hearth of Dublin" by Irish poet, Brendan Kennelly, the legendary café, is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Eager customers were welcomed into the premises on Grafton Street at 11am this morning as staff called on passersby to come in and enjoy all the unique and delicious treats on offer.

Bewley's will open from 11am-5pm today (Wednesday, November 1), and from 7am-9pm Mon-Sun, going forward.

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A newly refurbished Bewley's Café is set to open its doors on Dublin's Grafton street just in time for Christmas.

The much-loved eatery closed in February 2015 to make way for a €12 million revamp and now it look like a date had finally been set for its grand re-opening.

It was originally thought the renovations would only take six months, though the project was later extended, and according to reports the cafe should be up and running by early November. 


Bewley's Oriental Café. #igersdublin

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According to The Sunday Business Post, the legendary Dublin establishment will play host to a new chocolate factory and bakery.

It will also have the capacity to cater for up to 500 diners.

While the upstairs theatre has been entirely rebuilt, the building exterior and stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke have been restored.

We can not wait to drop in for tea and chats, just like old times.

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According to emerging reports this morning, a man, who had been sleeping rough near Dublin's most affluent shopping street, was found dead in the early hours of this morning.

The individual, who is believed to be in his 50s, had been sleeping outside the Superdry Store on Suffolk Street.

Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 4am, but the individual was pronounced dead at the scene.

His remains were transferred to St James Hospital where it is understood a postmortem will take place today.

Gardai have confirmed that they are not treating the death as suspicious, and are currently preparing a report for the coroner's office.

The scene on Suffolk Street has been sealed off this morning.



Good news, makeup fans, cult beauty brand Urban Decay is opening up shop right on Dublin's Grafton Street.

Permission was granted for the new store on January 26, according to Dublin Live, so hopefully work on the surely purple-hued shop will begin ASAP. 

The covetable makeup will make its home at number 50 Grafton Street, and the entire two floors of the establishment will be dedicated to the brand.

The ground floor will hold all of the amazing makeup products, while the first floor will hold makeup demos and beauty consultation areas. 

Grafton Street has been playing host to a series of new stores, with & Other Stories opening up last month and Victoria's Secret en route.

We're already making space in our makeup bags in anticipation. 



The wait is almost over for a Victoria's Secret store in Dublin that isn't past airport security.

The all-American lingerie store has taken over the BT2 building on Grafton Street and will be opening in the coming weeks.

The store is currently hiring it's new batch of retail workers and lingerie experts, according to a sign attached to the store fronts construction barrier.

"If you are inspired by our brand, have a passion for customer service and love being part of a winning team, apply now," reads the company websites career section, which does not include the Dublin vacancies.

To apply for management and retail opportunities at the Dublin store, you can email your CV to ukrecruiting@victoria.com. 

The flagship store is rumoured to carry the entire underwear selection along with the brand's PINK line.

Fingers crossed for a Valentine's Day grand opening. 



& Other Stories is making its long awaited debut with a bricks and mortar store on Dublin's Grafton Street.

H&M's stylish big sister, & Other Stories is a hotbed of covetable work wear, contemporary day wear and elegant evening pieces.

The incredibly – there's no other word for it – cool store is set to open its doors next month, taking over the old A-Wear store which recently saw a five million euro refurbishment. 

It’s the first Irish outlet for & Other Stories, who have already developed a cult online following of Irish fashionistas. 

The brand is renowned for its simple separates, high quality outerwear and coveted designer collaborations.

& Other Stories is part of the fashion mega house that also directs H&M, COS and Monki.


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The store is set to open on December 9, just in time for the Christmas rush.

As it's situated directly across from the previous BT2 space, & Other Stories will be joined in February by Victoria's Secret, who are moving into BT2's old haunt



A newly-engaged woman has been left devastated – losing her engagement ring just hours after her boyfriend gave her a dream proposal in Dublin.

The bride-to-be travelled from Northern Ireland to the city for a weekend mini-break on Friday.

“He totally surprised me,” the woman told SHEmazing! this afternoon. “We were staying at the Shelbourne – then on Saturday morning he asked me to marry him.

“He whisked me straight off to Grafton Street and there we visited a few different jewellers – being offered glasses of champagne on arrival.

“It was just an amazing experience – a whirlwind.”

Sadly, however, her delight could only last a few hours.

“We had dinner in The Shelbourne and then decided to get a drink on Baggot Street.

“We were in O’Donoghues – and I know I had my ring leaving – and then decided to go on to the No.5 Vinoteca bar.

“Either I lost it there, or I lost it en route back to the Shelbourne.”

Only bought that morning, the ring had yet to be resized and was loose. Understandably, she is now devastated that she never even got the opportunity to bring her ring home to show it to friends and family.

Describing why she chose that particular piece, she said: “I just like that it was a bit unusual looking – there was a real vintage feel to it and the particular cut jumped out at me as soon as I saw it.”

She’s already informed gardaí of the loss and is now desperately appealing for anyone who might have found the ring to come forward.

“Vinoteca have been really good – they looked high and low for me but nothing. I’m hanging on to blind hope now and just trying to get the word out.”


Have you seen the missing engagement ring? Let us know here.



We all know this little corner of Dublin. It's remained the same for years, but now it might be time for a makeover.

The Irish Times has reported that two big investment companies are in the midst of looking for planning approval to revamp the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street.

The two companies are apparently trying to make it into a new little Grafton Street as they are searching for large international traders to set up shop on the corner facing Trinity College.

Over the past few years, it's been no secret that large retailers have been trying to get hold of buildings in the Grafton Street area, with Victoria's Secret and & Other Stories due to make their way in by the end of the year.

The re-vamp would also include about 100,000 sq ft of office space.



Dublin has officially decided it’s time to get festive by flicking the switch on its Christmas lights on Grafton Street this evening.

Many Dubliners filled the main street, with clapping and cheering heard all around. 

There was also an overload of photos on social media as many users captured the festive moment:



The Christmas lights on Henry Street were lit up on Thursday by 98fm's Adrian Kennedy, and O'Connell Street is planned to spark up on November 26. 

Roll on 25 December, that's all we can say!