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# Explained

This year
# timeline
Explained: What you need to know about failed election declarations from Paschal Donohoe and SF
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have consistently sniped one another over their failure to properly declare donations and expenses.
Last year
# Explained
Explainer: Would Ireland be required to have a referendum before joining Nato?
The Taoiseach has said a referendum wouldn’t be required – constitutional law experts disagree.
All time
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What's going on with anti-lockdown protests in the Netherlands?
Around 250 people were arrested following protests across the Netherlands yesterday over a new curfew.
# Permutations
Any win over Samoa will all-but secure quarter-final berth for Ireland
But there is still a scenario in which Scotland can storm back and qualify alongside Japan to knock Ireland out at the pool stage.
# Explained
There's a TV blackout on the first El Clasico of the season this weekend
Barcelona’s meeting with Real Madrid this Saturday afternoon won’t be shown live on television in Ireland or Britain.
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Here’s why the McDonald’s McFlurry spoon has that big hollow square bottom
The answer that has plagued McFlurry lovers for years has been answered.
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What's the big fuss about the Galway Races? Here's everything you need to know
When does the racing start? And, more importantly, who’s going to win?
# Explained
Prosecco, Champagne, sparkling wine: What is the bloody difference?
All the details on your favourite bottles.
# Bubbly
Does putting a spoon in a bottle of Prosecco actually keep it fizzy overnight?
A real problem investigated.
# it's science
Explained: why we think bubble wrap is so great
There’s some science in them there hills.
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The science behind why popping bubble wrap is so addictive
Science is once again tackling those important issues in your life.
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Here's why you stick one leg out of the covers when you're sleeping
Finally, science is getting to the bottom of the important issues.
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What does Sepp Blatter's resignation actually mean - and what happens next?
Blatter’s 17-year term at the top of world football is set to finally come to an end.
# Explainer
Explainer: What's happening in Libya and why is it important?
The toppling of Muammar Gaddafi was just the beginning.
# Backbench mischief
Who are the Fine Gael five-a-side club - and just what the hell are they up to?
Backbench TD Eoghan Murphy explained all to earlier this month…
# Explained
No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest
The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest.
# Explained
Blackout: Why Sky Sports can't show the first 15 minutes of tomorrow's Clásico
Blame the 1960s…
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American dream: breaking down the details of John Joe Nevin's pro move
Olympic silver medallist took the first step on his pro journey yesterday — here’s what it all means.
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Super Hurling 11s: what is the GAA's newest game and how will it help hurling to crack America?
The GAA will showcase its new version of hurling to a US audience next month.
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Explainer: What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
CJD, a disease most people link to ‘mad cow disease’, is back on our radars today. We take a look at what it is…
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What is the 'Heart of the Game' handbook -- and how can it help Irish football?
The new 68-page handbook was launched by Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring TD this afternoon.
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Wicker men: why this week's US Open will use 'basket pins' instead of flags
The good and the great of golf are heading to Merion GC, Philadelphia, this week for the season’s second Major.