Reasons to read the December issue

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The incredible Catherine Fulvio is the star of the Irish Country Magazine December issue

The new issue is in shops now, here’s a sneak peek at what you will find inside. Plus don’t forget to donate to our 12 Gifts of Christmas fundraiser, where one lucky winner will receive beauty prizes worth €1,100.

Catherine Fulvio on finding positivity in a challenging year

Our December cover star Catherine Fulvio is a familiar and comforting presence on our screens, and her recipes have become an integral part of our Christmas repertoire. She has grappled with the effects of Covid-19 on her businesses with determination and creativity this year, while privately coping with the devastating loss of her father. She speaks to Editor Klara Heron about choosing to look on the bright side of life.

Still here 

Refuges and domestic violence services across the country have, in spite of the pandemic, kept their doors open and remained ready to answer the calls of women in need of safety and support. As reports of abuse in the home rise, we meet some of the service providers to understand what it takes to keep women safe and guide them towards a place of safety on their own terms.

To support the work of Safe Ireland and Women’s Aid, enter the Irish Country Magazine 12 Gifts of Christmas Giveaway by making a donation, and you could be in with a chance to win a hamper of 12 amazing beauty gift sets. Find out more here.

Special gifts for one and all 

This year our team has selected thoughtful, meaningful and beautiful gifts for your loved ones. We have four pages of local and sustainable gifts, a page of the latest tech buys, lots of fashion and beauty bits, and a selection of Irish candles to gift (or yourself!). 

Women’s voices

Anne O’Donoghue interviews four women who have been at the frontline caring for their community this year. She speaks to a postal operative, a doctor, a teacher and a supermarket owner about going above and beyond to keep people safe, supported and connected in a time of isolation. Plus, our roster of talented columnists share some brilliant reads, including Maria Moynihan, Santis O’Garro plus gardening experts Leonie Cornelius and Lily Champ.

Time to celebrate

Christmas gatherings may be smaller and quieter this year, but that doesn’t mean your menu should be any less special. We have decadent recipes to suit an intimate gathering, plus lots of cocktail ideas to toast with this year, as we remember what’s really important.