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Item believed to have been cut from stuffed head in Cork mansion safari room

Dawn Approach (left) defeats Toronado to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month

Glorious Goodwood: Declaration Of War can spike big guns in Sussex Stakes 'Duel on the Downs'

O'Brien four-year-old offers solid value against younger rivals Toronado and Dawn Approach

Royal baby: Birth of Prince George has Domino effect on pizza sales

Kate and William are said to have scoffed Zizzi pizzas after the birth of Prince George but the rest of the country gobbled Domino’s.

US drug company pays premium for tax haven with $8.6bn Irish takeover

Michigan-based Perrigo expected to move to Republic of Ireland HQ after acquiring pharmaceuticals maker Elan

Convincing tale: Novellist adds another chapter to his burgeoning story with a handsome five-length victory under Johnny Murtagh in the King George at Ascot

Novellist delivers brilliant sequel

Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas

A black bear like the one that wandered into an Irish bar in Colorado

So, a bear walks into a bar...

...Barman says, "that's strange, I didn't notice you!"

The ship sinking near Cork, Ireland

Tall ship capsizes off the coast of Ireland

A tall ship on its way to France has capsized off the coast of Ireland near Cork.

Paperback review: Up the Republic! Towards a New Ireland, Edited by Fintan O'Toole

Your guide to repair a jerry-built nation

Snow Fairy won the Hong Kong Cup in 2010 with Ryan Moore on board

Snow Fairy tale ends with prosaic injury

The final chapter of one of racing’s true fairy tales came to an end in Newmarket yesterday morning. Snow Fairy, the Cinderella mare who rose from the humblest beginnings to win six Group One races worldwide, aggravated an old leg injury during a routine gallop and has been retired. “It is with much sadness that the decision was made,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop, “but she owes us nothing.”

Pro Choice campaigners cheer outside Leinster House in Dublin after the Irish Parliament passed a bill allowing Abortion in limited circumstances in the early hours of the morning

Ireland passes historic legislation to allow 'life saving' abortions

Days of fierce protests and long Dail debates plagued the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

Members of the pro-choice movement group protest outside Leinster House in Dublin ahead of the abortion legislation vote

Protests and bitter disputes mount as Ireland prepares to vote on enshrining abortion legislation that will allow 'if life at risk'

Most contentious clause will allow mother-to-be to to seek termination on grounds she is suicidal

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

Colin Murray is leaving Radio 5 Live for talkSPORT

BBC presenter Colin Murray leaves for talkSPORT

Last month the BBC had to apologise over a section of Murray's Fighting Talk programme which saw discussion on whether gay presenter Clare Balding could be cured

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates the series victory

Boxing: Anthony Joshua agrees Hearn pro deal

Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold for Britain at the Olympics, is expected to finally announce he has turned professional this week, and has signed a four-year deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotions.

Michael Hooper (right) chats to the man who has replaced him in the Australia side, George Smith, in Sydney

British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia coach Robbie Deans pleased Lions have lost Brian O'Driscoll's experience

Australia were planning O'Driscoll strategy but have also made big call in dropping Hooper

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital