BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR DEPOSITS continue to remain at record highs, with €134 billion saved to the end of August 2021. While many households continue to face the real possibility that Covid-19 and the resulting economic turmoil could still leave them under pressure paying their mortgages and everyday expenses, the amount that people have …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST Let’s face it, though popping pills like they’re sweets isn’t a good idea, there are times when painkillers are necessary. Some people are so good at things like meditation and mindfulness they can take almost any level of agony and not let it bother them. If you don’t believe that, look …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Planning on taking the 31-day Veganuary challenge and going vegan for January but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to help. A vegan diet will naturally involve lots of vegetable and grains, however, don’t go too heavy on the carbohydrate rich grains as a filler. Also avoid falling into …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Last week I could have sworn I heard a loud rumbling sound like a chasm opening up in the earth. Put it down to an overactive imagination but it might as well have been the real thing given Pope Francis’ remarks about pets taking the place of children …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS It was a Christmas beyond expectation. My youngest son was home, after more than two years, from New York and brought his girlfriend to meet us. A lovely young woman with fine etiquette, good conversation and a great ability to make herself at home with us and win …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER – 2 PAUL HOPKINS And so Christmas has gone from us, just like we knew it would, and I trust you all had a good and peaceful one. From my window the avenue is still strewn with windows and doors lit up like landing strips, and only God knows the …

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