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

More concessions from kinder, cuddlier Ryanair as airline halves controversial excess baggage fee

Michael O'Leary has admitted that Ryanair has an 'image problem'

Pat Lam led Connacht to one of the best wins in the province’s history

Heineken Cup round-up: Pat Lam hails Connacht’s shock win at Toulouse

Connacht coach Pat Lam was delighted at the way his side held their nerve on Sunday to pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of the Irish provincial side and put them back in the hunt for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.

Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

The man who pays his way
Christmas lights: Wow vouchers fly you to Iceland

Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

The man who pays his way

Irish unemployment falls to lowest level since 2009

The number of people signing on last month fell to just over 390,000.

Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy in the latest Nike advert

Video: Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy go head-to-head in latest Nike advert - and Ronaldo swings by to help out the Manchester United striker

The two famous sportsmen take meet each other on the golf course as part of a promotion for Nike's latest Ordem Football

Alberto Contador to lead new team Tinkoff-Saxo

Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will front a newly bought-out team next season after Riis Cycling was snapped up by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov.

Molly Logan in the Tricycle Theatre's 'Once a Catholic'

JD Sports shares jump on better-than-expected sales

An upturn in the fortunes of outdoor clothing brands Millets and Blacks helped owner JD Sports deliver a well-received trading update today.

Dan Mulhall, the new Irish Ambassador for Britain, in his office in the Irish Embassy

Irish ambassador Dan Mulhall urges Britain along path at heart of Europe

The new Irish ambassador to Britain has sounded the alarm over this country’s rising tide of Euroscepticism, urging the UK to remain “fully engaged” in the European Union.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Wales v Australia: Warren Gatland calls for 'never-give-in attitude' to spark his side into life against southern-hemisphere sides

Gatland praises New Zealand's last gasp victories in both rugby union and rugby league last week and challenges his Wales team to do the same

Wales’ Alex Cuthbert is back from injury and hoping to repeat his Lions try against Australia

Wales v Australia: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland warns: These Aussies are different

Decision making in rugby is not always of the highest order: as the pathetic failure of leadership at Heineken Cup level demonstrates all too painfully, it is only on an unusually good day that some of those running the sport aspire to mediocrity. Yet Warren Gatland, who masterminded the British and Irish Lions victory in Australia last summer, believes the new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made an inspired and brave call in throwing the disciplinary book at 15 members of his tour squad last week.

Ireland claim place in World T20 finals with win over Hong Kong

Ireland have secured their place in next year's Twenty20 World Cup thanks to a fantastic performance from Paul Stirling.

Leicester 20 London Irish 11 match report: Tigers poor run comes to an end

Champions Leicester ended a dismal run in the Aviva Premiership with a 20-11 victory at home to London Irish thanks to two controversial penalty tries.

Duncan Weir is set to become the third player to wear Scotland's No 10 shirt in four games

Scott Johnson eyes up Duncan Weir in the hunt for Scotland’s top 10

The ever-entertaining Scott Johnson, holding Scotland’s coaching reins until Vern Cotter arrives next summer, was talking about Nessie yesterday.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Big knickers are back