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# contest

Last year
# close affair
Emerging Ireland survive late scare to seal second win in South Africa
Simon Easterby’s side racked up a big early lead but were drawn into a battle in Bloemfontein.
All time
# poachers
Beirne braced for breakdown battle in Paris with Barnes not ruled out as ref
Ireland and France both have strong jackal threats in their teams.
# contest
Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle
Professional performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the contests in the air in this Six Nations.
# contest
Michelle O’Neill retained Sinn Fein vice presidency with two thirds of vote
Michelle O’Neill was re-elected as the party’s vice-president last weekend.
# Race to the top
Michael Gove enters the race to become Tory party leader
Gove joins an already crowded race to become Tory leader.
# Breakdown
Analysis: How Saracens took away Tadhg Beirne's jackal threat
The Munster lock was left frustrated in Coventry on Saturday.
# Battle
Ireland look to blow the roof off Wales' Grand Slam party in Cardiff
A bruising encounter in the rain awaits at Principality Stadium.
# Up In The Air
'That one-man lift, they're obviously putting their own player in danger'
CJ Stander says he could have protected Peter O’Mahony ‘a bit better’ in the air.
# In the dock
Israel Folau to face disciplinary hearing after challenges on Peter O'Mahony
The Wallabies fullback has received a citing commissioner’s warning on top of his yellow card.
# you're gorgeous
Martha the Mastiff is the world's ugliest dog
Martha bagged the top prize in the 29th World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in California.
Leo Varadkar's first words as Fine Gael leader: 'Prejudice has no hold in this Republic'
The newly elected leader got a rapturous applause in Dublin’s Mansion House.
# Around The World
Take a look at more of the amazing photos competing for National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries.
# nature photos
These stunning photos are competing for National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries.
# fiery
Scotland wary of Ringrose pace, Henshaw power and Sexton loops
The rivalry between the Scots and the Irish has been growing in recent times.
# contest
Wozniacki, Kerber put friendship aside at US Open
Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic booked a 10th straight US Open semi-final appearance last night.
# Mum's the word
Andrea Leadsom is in hot water for saying she should be prime minister because she's a mother
Leadsom’s rival for the Conservative leadership, Theresa May, is unable to have children.
# Innovation
Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck
This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.
# Natural Wonders
10 stunning photos that show you parts of nature like you've never seen them
Amazing work from talented photographers.
# contest
Analysis: What the hell was Sean O'Brien doing to the England maul?
There was an odd incident in the 22nd minute of play yesterday in Dublin.
# not dustin
One of these acts will represent Ireland in the Eurovision ... if we get there
Previous winner Charlie McGettigan has written one of the songs.
# ballot
'We're ready': Fianna Fáil selects two familiar faces to run in the next general election
Party leader Micheál Martin and finance spokesperson, Michael McGrath, were nominated in Cork South Central.
# twilight
Twilight to return... in new series of short films on Facebook
We can’t believe it either.
# contest
It's 'great news' that child beauty pageants have been axed - Senator
The Universal Royalty Beauty Contest is planning to proceed with its Belfast pageant.
# contest
'I'm the right person at the right time': Alex White joins Joan Burton in contest for Labour leadership
The Minister of State at the Department of Health has promised to “bridge the disconnect” between his party and voters.
# Lovely Girls
(Somewhat ironic) photos of the winner of 2FM's 'Miss Personality' contest
The Miss Ireland finals beckon.
# Lovely Girls
2FM responds to criticism of 'Miss Personality' contest, says men can't enter
Looks don’t count… for now.
# Lovely Girls
Tubridy's 'lovely girl' contest met with mockery
Do you want to be ‘Miss Personality 2014?’.
Opinion: “Why Us?” - The reason Ireland has not won a Eurovision since 1996
We thought we had the makings of a Eurovision winner – but what are we doing wrong?
# contest
Tymoshenko to run for president of Ukraine
The 53 year old made the announcement today.
# Election 2014
Outgoing IFA president says he has the skills for MEP job
John Bryan is expected to run for Fine Gael in the European elections this summer.
# Thanksgiving
Obama pardons Popcorn, the National Thanksgiving turkey
Popcorn was declared the winner of the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey competition and won’t end up on someone’s plate tomorrow.
# winners
Congrats! Ireland's Young Scientist winners scoop first prize at EU contest
Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Throw scooped first prize for their research into the effect of bacteria on plant germination.
# Jillian van Turnhout
Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled
The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is taking place in Dublin this weekend, but Jillian Van Turnhout said the contest has ‘no place in Ireland’.
# Robert Mugabe
Photos: Zimbabwe goes to the polls amid fears of vote-rigging
Robert Mugabe has been in power for 33 years, but has promised to step down if he loses this election.
# Hot Dog
Man scoffs 69 hot dogs, breaking own record
Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut retained the Mustard Yellow International Belt for a seventh straight year.
# contest
'Beauty pageants do not sexualise children' says contest organiser
A child beauty pageant organiser who is bringing an American-style version to Ireland this year has hit back against criticism, stating these competitions have been in the US for over fifty years.
# medium rare
US Rugby invites Irish fans to take part in epic tailgating contest
Southern Comfort are giving out prizes to the supporters that set up the best pre-match party.
# perfect opening line
Is this the worst possible opening sentence to a novel?
A US university has announced the winner of a contest to find the worst-possible opening sentence to a novel. Warning: it’s pretty bad.