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There are so many places in the world that I’d love to visit. Canada, New York, Denmark, South Africa… the list is never-ending.

However, at the end of the day, there really is no place like home. No matter where I go I always look forward to coming home to the Emerald Isle. Ireland has a certain charm that, in my eyes, is simply unbeatable.

We may be a tiny island but there are just so many incredibly beautiful places to visit across the country, including Kerry.

I was lucky enough to visit Tralee to stay at the Ballygarry House Hotel recently and have fallen head over heels in love with the charming country house hotel.

The staff welcome you with the warmth that you feel when reuniting with a childhood friend. They were so kind and accommodating and couldn’t have made me feel more welcome.

From the moment we stepped inside the hotel felt like a home away from home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Ballygarry House Hotel caters for everyone. If you’re a bookworm you can cosy up by the fire and get lost in a story.

For those adventurers out there, you can take one of the bikes available at the hotel down to the Ballyseedy Woods.

If you’re in need of a little bit of chill time then look no further than the tranquil Nádúr Spa where you will be treated like royalty by the lovely Gina and her team.

Enjoy a soothing stroll through the hotel’s gardens and take in the stunning view of the Sliabh Mish Mountains on a crisp winter morning.

You certainly won’t be short of things to do during your time at the Ballygarry House Hotel. And you certainly won’t go hungry either.

I was lucky enough to dine at both The Brasserie and the lavish Restaurant 58. Trust me, the food is simply divine. Restaurant 58 is a soothing spot that has a menu to die for and the sweetest staff who will ensure you have everything you need.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’re in the mood to splash out then try the Char Grilled Prime Irish Steak and thank me later. My stomach has never been as happy or full as it was after our visit.

Be sure to roll into Owen Mac's bar after your dinner to wash it all down with a beverage of choice. The recently renovated and revamped bar has everything from wine to whiskey and pink gin to craft beers.

You’ll be wowed by the talents of a live pianist at the weekends which adds even more charm to the hotel.

After a night of sheer luxury, you can doze off in the comfiest bed ever or tune into one of your favourite movies on Netflix on the hotel TV.

I truly didn’t want to leave the Ballygarry House Hotel. I was so close to asking if I could move into The Lodge, which is a little nugget of history right on the hotel’s doorstep.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mid – 18th Century Lodge was formerly the gate lodge of the O'Connor farmhouse and is now being used as a private event room for celebrations with a personalised Butler Service for Afternoon Tea.

A visit at The Ballygarry House Hotel is an essential trip for all you travel bugs out there. You just need to add to your bucket list. The charm, warmth and kindness of the staff alone will make your visit one you’ll never forget. There’s no doubt it’ll become a home away from home for you, right in the heart of Kerry.

Do yourself a favour and book a stay at The Ballygarry House Hotel. Check out their website for more information.

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Do you want to see a spectacular 360° view of Dublin at Dusk that will get your heart beating?  Are you looking for the perfect Insta-moment? 

Due to popular demand, the Ericsson Skyline Dusk Tours return to Croke Park from Thursday, November 21 and will run every Thursday – Sunday at 4pm until February 2.

These thrilling evening tours take place on the roof of the iconic Croke Park Stadium, an incredible 17-storeys above the pitch, giving you stunning panoramic views of the glittering Dublin Skyline as it moves from twilight to darkness.

Visitors will not only enjoy unparalleled city views from Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform, but you will also gain interesting insights into all of Dublin’s celebrated landmarks – not to mention the architecture and design of the iconic sporting stadium itself.

Informative and passionate guides will treat you to tales from the city’s rich history and tell some local winter tales. And there will be plenty of fantastic photo opportunities, making it the perfect Christmas gift idea for the Insta-lover in your life.

Visitors will also get complimentary access to the GAA Museum, which vividly illustrates the story of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. And you can also test your GAA skills in their Interactive Games Room.

Your ticket price also includes a complimentary hot drink or cocktail in The Croke Park hotel’s Sideline Bistro & Bar, located just across the road from the stadium, where you can relax after seeing the sights.

The Ericsson Skyline Dusk Tour, which lasts 1.5hrs, is a great idea for a Christmas gift, a work night, friends outing, a romantic date night, or even a surprise proposal.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and wrap up warmly.

Tickets are available to book online at €20 for adults, €18 for students and seniors, €12 for children, €52 for a family of 4, or €60 for a family of 5. Please note, children must be 1.2 metres (approx. four foot) or taller to take the tour. Parking is available at The Croke Park hotel or in the GAA Museum.

Booking is essential as these limited-edition tours sell out quickly. For more booking and ticket information, visit www.crokepark.ie/dusk  

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In October 2018, Clonakilty, through the partnership with AsIAm and SuperValu alongside local retailers Eugene and Catriona Scally of Scally’s SuperValu, became Ireland’s first ever Autism Friendly Town. 

Their journey to becoming Autism-Friendly saw businesses, organisations and community groups throughout Clonakilty undergo training and organisational changes to receive accreditation. This initiative and accreditation was a first for anywhere in Ireland and the last year has been an incredible success for the whole Clonakilty community. The aim of this SuperValu and AsIAm initiative is to create a greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism so that our communities become more accessible and enjoyable places for autistic people to live in. 

Clonakilty’s journey to becoming Autism Friendly began in 2015 when Scally’s SuperValu became the first retailer in Ireland to implement changes in-store ensuring members of the Autism Community could enjoy a better shopping experience. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since then the entire community has supported the initiative and Eugene Scally of Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty said “We are only one year into this initiative and already the awareness of autism in Clonakilty has increased so much and the positive impact on the community is clear. The feedback we have received not just in our store but across all organisations and businesses throughout the community from both locals and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. 

“The work the committee has done during this journey has created a conversation around autism in the town and made Clonakilty a better place for autistic people and their families to live, work and visit. Not only are locals telling us about how much more inclusive and accessible Clonakilty is but tourists with autism have shared how much they have enjoyed visiting a town that accommodates their needs.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 One of the most popular additions to Clonakilty during this journey has been the sensory garden. Located on the grounds of the West Cork Model Railway the sensory garden was developed to create an environment within the community that would enrich the lives of children and adults living with Autism by providing opportunities to play and explore in a safe and secure space all while enjoying a calming sensory experience. 

The garden features elements that appeal to all five senses using a range of materials and plants. Exploration in nature improves physical, sensory and emotional health and supports overall well-being and parents have commented that their children have found the garden captivating and engaging, asking to return again and again.

To celebrate the anniversary Alan Gardner star of the Channel 4 programme, The Autistic Gardener visited Clonakilty to see Ireland’s first Autism Friendly town and share how autism has made him one of the world’s leading landscape designers and how autistic people can focus on their strengths to find careers they enjoy. 

He said “I am delighted to be in Clonakilty to celebrate the first anniversary of the community becoming Autism Friendly. It is clear to see it’s an initiative the whole community got behind and a great example of how when understanding of autism increases the positive impact it can have for autistic people in all areas of their lives from shopping to employment.”

A key theme of the celebrations in Clonakilty is employment and autism. The community are turning their focus on how they can support the autism community find work experience and employment that works to their strengths.

SuperValu Marketing Director, Ray Kelly said, “Supporting Clonakilty on their journey to become Autism Friendly was a proud moment for SuperValu last year. It is our ambition at SuperValu to build more inclusive communities across Ireland and Clonakilty has proved a massive success. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“The work the Clonakilty community did to receive accreditation and in the year since is truly impressive and we look forward to continuing our support of Clonakilty and the other 11 towns that have just begun their journey to become accredited Autism Friendly Towns.”

SuperValu is committed to raising understanding and awareness of autism among its customers and staff. With over 50,000 families in Ireland living with autism, those affected face barriers to inclusion because of the attitudes of people who may not have first-hand experience of autism.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina swiftly became one of our favourite Netflix shows when it was released in 2018. The spooky series has one of the most talented casts with Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch and Miranda Otto starring.

The show also introduced us to a host of new stars including Chance Perdomo, Lachlan Watson and Gavin Leatherwood. 

Leatherwood, who plays the charming Nicholas Scratch was a major hit with fans, but the most recent finale left us questioning whether the young warlock was worthy of Sabrina’s trust and love.

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The cast just wrapped filming Part 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and it looks like the actor is enjoying some downtime in the Emerald Isle.

That’s right, the 25-year-old is currently on holiday in our capital, Dublin and it looks like he is having a blast, despite the fact that it has been pouring rain since he landed. Sorry, Gavin!

He’s had a pint of the good stuff, wandered around our gorgeous city streets and even popped into Forbidden Planet.

Gavin shared a photo from his Irish adventures on Instagram and got the perfect snap, channelling his inner influencer on Anne’s Lane.

We can all admit we’ve posed under those umbrellas at some stage.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He captioned the image, ‘Staying dry in Ireland’

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cast are reportedly on hiatus until October 7 so Gavin has plenty of time to explore our wonderful country. Let’s just hope the rain eases off soon.

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The giggles, the embarrassment and the speculation circled the classroom – a lady was on her way to teach us about sex.

Cue the dildo sitting in the centre of the table and the dodgy glances between a bunch of 17-year-old girls.

After a brief, two-sentence description on what a penis was – it was whipped away, as the woman exclaimed that we would be WAAAY too distracted by the sight of the male anatomy  – b*tch, please.

Periods, pregnancy and STIs were mentioned, and that was it – that's all I can remember about my sex education in school – but it seems like I was one of the lucky ones.

Grilling the SHEmazing office about their sex ed, more often than not I got the reply of – 'we didn't get any,' 'I went to an all-girls school,' or 'there was the advice of waiting until you were married.'

I'm not gonna lie but I was stunned – but I don't know why? If you even try to talk to the majority of Irish men about periods – they're clueless, and that it isn't entirely their fault – it's the culture we've been raised with.

Shame around sex, unplanned pregnancy and masturbation are commonplace in classrooms around the country.

But the lack of sex education means that young people are missing out on serious topics too – these are just a number of topics that weren't discussed in our Irish sex education lessons.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Consent

It is only in the last couple of years has the issue of consent been raised in our society.

Yet still, people dismiss the importance of teaching men and women what is and isn't consensual sex, kissing and touching.

The word wasn't even uttered in the classroom and when the possibility of it being taught in universities arose, people scoffed.

If you do have the opportunity to go and learn about consent, please do.

Porn

God forbid that the 'expert' stood at the top of the room might address the issue of what you see in porn. 

But we could only imagine the looks and dismissal you would receive if you even try to ask the question.

Yet the porn industry is a problem for young men and women around the country – leading to very high, misinformed expectations and unreasonable pressure around sex for both parties.

More often than not, both genders feel like their body and performances can't live up to what they see on porn – and FYI, the reason for that is because porn isn't reality. 

Unplanned Pregnancy, Miscarriage, The Morning After Pill, Abortion and Fertility issues

Usually, the pregnancy topic is approached from a very unrealistic standpoint – "when you find yourself a nice husband, you can settle down and have a baby." 

I know first hand what unplanned pregnancy feels like and I can confirm that none of my sex ed helped me prepare myself for how scary and challenging the situation was.

There's no information offered surrounding the morning after pill, the time window you have to use it and how effective it is.

And of course, because abortion was illegal – it wasn't even dared to be uttered.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, the topic of miscarriage could and should have been spoken about, so if you ever find yourself in this heartbreaking situation, you know what to do and what to expect – to know that you aren't alone and you haven't done anything wrong in your pregnancy.

Fertility issues are very common in our society, particularly conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome – yet we weren't given any information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available.

Contraception and STIs

Though some of us got the condom on the banana job – most of us didn't get a good understanding of what types of different options we have out there.

What the side effects come with different contraceptives, how effective they may or may not be and how crucial double protection is – (I now have a four-year-old thanks to this).

And although some of us got to grips with STDs and STIs, it was with a lot of stigma instead of real advice.

Education and being comfortable with the subject is becoming more and more important as there had been a 10 percent increase in STIs from 2016 to 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Empowerment of personal sexuality, masturbation and sexual orientation

Want to learn that it's perfectly healthy to explore your body, mind and sexuality? Then don't go to your sex ed class in school.

More often than not, these subjects aren't even touched. 

Enjoying sex, masturbation and those we chose to love should be embraced and not shamed, since in the real world the majority of people don't give a flying f**k.

No LGBT or LGBTQ organisations were even mentioned or how normal it is to be attracted to the same sex.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's time to reform the way we educate the young people of Ireland.

Stop the archaic view of sex and give the next generation useful information on what they really need to know about.

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An Garda Síochána have welcomed a new member to their crew and he is simply adorable. Taking to Twitter, the Gardaí revealed an adorable cocker spaniel is their latest recruit.

We just can’t handle how cute he is. The little puppy has already started his training but the team needs your help with something.

Their fluffy friend has no name. They are hoping the public can lend a hand by helping them name their newest (and fluffiest) recruit.

Alongside a series of photos of the sweet cocker spaniel, they wrote: “Our latest recruit in the Garda Dog Unit is a full cocker spaniel aged 11 wks, mischievious and likes the rough and tumble with Elsa (Lab) & Bailey.”

“He has started his training to qualify as a specialist detection dog with GDU.  He remains nameless but we are open to suggestions,” they added.

People have already started recommending names on Twitter including Fionn, Jarvis, Charlie and Chase.

What do you think they should call him?

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, AppliancesDelivered.ie, Ireland’s highest rated electrical retailer, carried out a nationwide survey to find out what exactly makes Irish Mammies the best in the world. The survey found that Irish men will spend more than their female counterparts when it comes to spoiling their Mammy with gifts this week. And Cork people came out on top for generosity compared to the rest of the country, with nearly one in three planning to spend between €60 and €80 on a Mother’s Day gift.

Don’t tell Mam:

No matter how hard we try, there’s not much that can get past the ‘all-knowing’ Irish mammy. She’s got eyes and ears all over the place and you’re only fooling yourself if you think you can pull a fast one on her.

So, it comes as no surprise that 40 percent of respondents revealed that their mothers know absolutely everything about them – whether they like it or not.

However, there are a few of us out there who managed to keep the odd secret or two. The most common responses included hidden body piercings, smoking, and teenage antics.

“Mam, please. You’re embarrassing me”:

While they may be the queens of world, it’s not all tea, chats and cuddles, with over 70 percent of respondents admitting their mothers could get on their nerves from time to time. The most common offences include telling her friends about their personal lives (31.76 percent), criticising their appearance (25.88 percent), and cleaning up whenever she comes to visit (10.59 percent).

A nation of Mammy’s boys:

It’s no secret that Irish mammies are guilty of mollycoddling their sons, but it seems the affection works both ways, with 32 percent of men surveyed revealing they call their mothers at least once a day, and a further 10 percent admitting to calling multiple times per day.

Results also revealed that 26 percent of men still call on their mothers to iron their shirts, while 8 percent of men aged between 35-44 admitted they still rely on their mothers to make their doctor’s appointments.

What’s more, Irish men will also spend more on Mother’s Day gifts this year, with 28 percent saying they plan to spend between €40 and €60, compared to just 27 percent of women.

Just for you, Mam:

Speaking of gifts, it’s Cork mothers who are in for the biggest treat this Sunday, with almost one third of respondents in the Rebel County (29 percent) revealing they’ll spend between €60 and €80, compared to the national average of €20 – €40.

But of course, you can’t put a price on quality time – and there’ll be plenty of that had across Irish households this Sunday, with 83 percent of men and women surveyed saying they’ll make special effort to visit their mothers on the day.

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To mark 10 successful years of Global Greening and to celebrate this unique global campaign, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD joined Tourism Ireland earlier this month to launch its new book, called Ireland’s Greening of the World.

The book tells the story of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening since it began in 2010 and how it has since captured the imagination of people everywhere.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The initiative, which see hundreds of iconic landmarks around the world light up green to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, first began in Sydney – when the Sydney Opera House went green on 17 March 2010, on the 200th anniversary of an historic event celebrating Ireland, hosted by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.

The campaign has gone from strength to strength every year since then, with around 360 sites (or more) in at least 51 different countries set to take part for St Patrick’s 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening complements the Government’s Global Ireland strategy, which will see the initiative grow to 600 participating sites, by 2025.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: “Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening project is a powerful symbol of the impact of our Irish abroad and is an expression of our reach, our shared values and our ambition.

"The Global Greening project, like our diaspora, stretches across the world, to every continent, going beyond our historical connections into where we can now be found.

"As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Trade, I was proud to support the development of this initiative and I encouraged our public buildings to take part in ‘the greening’.  Today, as Taoiseach, I am proud to see that so many places in Ireland and around the world are involved in this project, contributing to its enormous success. Congratulations to everyone that has been associated with this project here at home and around the world.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “It is hard to believe that Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening is 10 years old. To mark the occasion, we have produced a special commemorative book, ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’. We’re delighted the Taoiseach has agreed to launch it today.

“The success of our Global Greening is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people and the Diaspora. In particular, the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish embassy network has been absolutely invaluable in broadening the reach of this project over the years.

"More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage. We will distribute ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’ through Tourism Ireland’s offices around the world and through the Irish embassy network.”

Ireland’s Greening of the World is available to buy in bookshops and online.

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It’s not just any ordinary Throwback Thursday today!

Centra are celebrating the ‘Panniversary’ of Storm Emma with one of the most in demand products of 2018…. the humble slice-pan.

For one day only Centra stores nationwide are selling Brennan’s Half White Pan for just .50c tomorrow, Friday, March 1.

With temperatures spiking this week it’s hard to believe that one year ago today we were all making our last dash to purchase our storm essentials. Last year during Storm Emma Centra sold 450,000 loaves of bread, an increase of 150,000 loaves from the same time in 2017. This resulted in sales of €1.5 million.

While Storm Emma cemented us as a nation of bread lovers, our storm cravings went beyond the need for carbs. Centra’s Off Licence sales also saw an increase of 24 percent with total sales for Storm Emma resulting in €7.1 million. Of course, we also needed our snacks, with confectionery, crisps and soft drinks, seeing a sales spike of 38 percent from the previous year!

Our love for bread will never dwindle so join Centra in celebrating the Panniversary of Stom Emma and pick up your Brennan’s Half Pan for just .50c.

Offer is only valid Friday, March 1 while stocks last.

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Everyone is now obsessing over Derry Girls since it arrived on Netflix and we are not one bit surprised.

The beloved show stole our hearts when it first made its debut on Channel 4 in January 2018.

The comedy series follows the lives of Derry teens Erin, Orla, Michelle, Clare and James and is written by the unbelievably talented Lisa McGee.

Lisa recently gushed about the shows well-awaited return to the telly box. Fans of the show won’t have long to wait as she shared the potential release date during an interview on The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster.

The writer said: “They’re talking about March, early March. See, that’s all Channel 4. That’s when I think it will be released.”

We have mere weeks to go until the second season of the comedy show and we honestly couldn’t be more excited about the show’s return.

Season two is bound to be a major crowd-pleaser. Lisa said it is even better than the first, which will be hard to top.

Fans are in for a real treat: “I love it. We’re editing it now,” she shared.

Lisa continued: “It’s better than season one, it’s a bit more ambitious and because we know what we’re doing a bit more, it’s better.”

We’ll be seeing a hell of a lot more Derry Girls in the future too with a potential third season in the works.

“We’re talking about doing a third series. Hopefully, if the second one goes well and everything goes according to plan, we’ll do a third series,” she added.

Bring on March 2019.

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What are Ireland’s favourite biscuits and chocolates at Christmas time, you ask? What do Irish people absolutely HAVE to have with a cup of tea after Christmas dinner?

All is being revealed today, as Aldi releases figures from a survey carried out to highlight that the supermarket is stocking a wide range of all of the favourite food, drink and confectionery brands you love this festive season.

Tins and tubs of chocolates are a firm favourite in Irish households each Christmas, and it comes as no surprise that Cadbury Roses raced home to victory as the favourite amongst Irish householders, with 43 percent of the overall vote.

We are a nation of biscuit lovers, and the people have responded – Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley was the winner with 38 percent of the vote.

There are the flavours that you hate, the ones that you avoid and then there are the ones that you love more than the rest, but can never seem to get your hands on! Fudge, caramel and orange flavours were the most argued over sweets amongst families when it comes to the ones that everyone wants, with coffee, dark chocolate, Turkish delight and strawberry cremes being named as the chocolates that are always left behind.

The brands most associated with Christmas in homes across Ireland are – Cadbury Roses, Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley, Quality Street, Coca Cola and Guinness.

The most popular biscuit brands are:

  • Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley – 38 percent
  • Fox’s Biscuits – 15 percent
  • Cadbury Chocolate Assortment – 10 percent
  • McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives – 9 percent
  • Jacob’s USA Biscuits – 8 percent and Shortbread – 8 percent
  • Afternoon Tea – 5 percent
  • Chocolate Hobnobs – 2 percent
  • Snowballs (1 percent), Custard Cremes (1 percent), Pink Wafer (1 percent), Viscounts (1 percent) and Victoria Biscuits (1 percent)
 

The most popular chocolate brands are:

  • Cadbury Roses – 43 percent
  • Quality Street – 18 percent
  • Celebrations – 12 percent
  • Cadbury Heroes – 8 percent
  • After Eights – 5 percent
  • Lindt – 3 percent and Ferrero Rocher – 3 percent
  • Butlers (2 percent), Black Magic (2 percent), Terry’s Chocolate Orange (2 percent)
  • Milk Tray and Dairy Box – 1 percent
 

Aldi will be stocking a wide range of branded items this festive season, meaning you can find everything you need this Christmas, and all at amazing Aldi prices.

 Stock up on snacks in time for this year’s Late Late Toy Show (30th November) with the following great items – on sale from 25th November for one week only!

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Nowadays you're supposed to have your life sorted as soon as you exit the womb.

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating but the pressure is on as a 20-odd-year-old to have your career path chosen, your relationship golden and your life stable.

So it was beyond refreshing when we had a chat with actor Simon Delaney, who said he didn't have his sh*t together until the age of 28.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Talking to SHEmazing, he explained all the different careers he wanted to pursue before he caught the acting bug.

"I don't think I had a clue until I was about 28 – I really hadn’t got a clue – I just kinda ambled and arsed my way through my teens and my twenties."

"I wanted to be a bus driver, I wanted to be a chef and then somehow I ended up as an actor…how did that work out?" he humbly questioned.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although once Simon did forge the acting path, he did have a lot of aspirations for his career – and most of his dreams have come true.

"A lot of my wishes have come true, you know I always wished when I became an actor that I could appear on the West End and I have done that."

"I’ve worked in Hollywood, I have done movies, TV series – I’ve been very lucky, so I suppose most of my wishes have been granted."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Besides his career, Simon revealed that even in his twenties he knew he wanted to be a parent.

"I was lucky enough to meet Lisa…and two houses and four kids later, here we are. So my wishes were granted and I thank God every night.

"Every night when I am picking toys off the floor and wiping dirty arses, I thank god that my wishes came true," he joked- AWH, bless.

Given his good fortune, when One4all asked Simon to hop aboard their Christmas appeal to grant three lucky people their festive wishes, he didn't hesitate. 

Talking about the competition where One4all ask people around Ireland to submit their Christmas wishes, he said: "I think it’s a gorgeous campaign". 

Last year, people entered their wishes in their thousands and three lucky people were granted their wishes.

"This year they are doing the same and they have until November 27 to pop onto the One4all website to send in their Christmas wish. And you know what, Santa just might grant it," explained Simon.

Whether its reuniting with a long-distance loved one, making that special someone smile with an unforgettable yuletide surprise, or asking the love of your life to be yours forever, Simon and One4all want to hear from you.

So what are you waiting for? Go and fill out that form.

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