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# Unexpected

Last year
# Unexpected
How a call from Africa saved an Irish footballer's career
Former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers striker Eamon Zayed reflects on his time playing with Libya.
All time
# Unexpected
Lacklustre Liverpool suffer shock Champions League defeat at Anfield
The Reds were beaten at home by an Atalanta side they defeated 5-0 in Italy three weeks ago.
# Best of Enemies
'Juve have become a clear favourite for the Champions League'
Lionel Messi says he was surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid.
# Unexpected
Two gardaí injured in Limerick after horse tramples car
One of the gardaí suffered a broken arm, the GRA said.
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Longford snap up Rovers midfielder despite contract offer from Belgium
Former Hoops and Dundalk man Darren Meenan appeared to be bound for Brussels.
# Unexpected
Rovers announce veteran defender's surprise exit after nearly 200 appearances
Simon Madden is leaving Tallaght Stadium after four seasons in his second spell with the Hoops.
# Early Arrival
Baby girl delivered on Dublin street before ambulance arrived on scene
The mother and baby are doing well and were taken to Holles Street hospital.
# Chancer
Stag knocks cyclist off his bike during Phoenix Park race
And one fortunate photographer caught it all on camera.
# Unexpected
Everyone is cracking up at this dog's completely ridiculous haircut
Poor Mimi.
# Unexpected
Tesla made a crazy amount of money on a car that could take years to arrive
The company sold more than 276,000 Model 3 cars in two days of pre-orders but it could be 2018 or 2019 before it arrives.
# Unexpected
'There wasn't a lot of Aussie Rules out there' - Eddie Jones surprised by Irish tactics
The England boss also singled out Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton for praise as he turns his attention to Wales.
# Next round please
Sanchez's first goal in 2 months sends FA Cup holders Arsenal through
The Gunners claimed a 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates with the Chilean back on the scoresheet.
# Ballsy
Alabama recover game-changing onside kick to clinch the National Championship
The gamble by coach Nick Saban paid off as they defeated Clemson Tigers 45-40.
# Unexpected
Another Premier League shock as Klopp's Liverpool undone by spirited Magpies
An own goal from Martin Skrtel and a superb injury-time strike from Georginio Wijnaldum ensured a 2-0 Newcastle win.
# Unexpected
Tesco's Valentine's e-card is the least romantic thing ever
Assistance please.
# Unexpected
Prisoners at an Irish jail grew thousands of sunflowers to raise money for a hospice
They also helped out with the local tidy towns committee.
# mad world
6 unexpected things that happened this week
Cats with many lives and priests with recording contracts – it’s all the week’d weirdest news.
# mad world
6 unexpected things that happened this week
Eyeballs, sleepwalking and botty coughs – it’s the week’s weirdest news.
# mad world
6 unexpected things that happened this week
Green puppies, stolen walls and shooting at the moon… it’s all the bizarre stories you need to know about.
# wright full forward
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is now a half decent GAA pundit
If only we could say the same for his short-lived rap career.
# mad world
6 unexpected things that happened this week
– it’s all the weirdest stories you need to hear.
# inspired by cadbury
6 unexpected things that happened this week
Same-sex wedding bells for Irish penguins, how the zebra got his stripes and BIG RATS – it’s all the bizarre news stories you need to know about.
# minimise me
Man eats only McDonalds for 3 months, ends up healthier than he started
Well that was unexpected!
# volcanooooooooooo
World's largest volcano discovered on the floor of the Pacific
To get an idea of how big this volcano is, the previous record holder is just 2 per cent the size of it…
# Unexpected
Shock result as David Cameron loses vote on Syria intervention
MPs voted against a government motion to support a military attack in Syria – and David Cameron says he will respect their decision.
# whoops
Irish guy mortifyingly falls off chair at work
While serving customers. Awkward.
# Unexpected
Credit ratings agency upgrades Ireland, outlook now positive
Some good news for the economy this morning…
# Unexpected
Sweden's for-profit schools blamed for sliding national results
What if the Government introduced vouchers that parents could use to send children to either state-run or private schools, as they choose? Good idea, right? Not so in Sweden…
# Unexpected
Majority of SMEs who requested credit from banks were approved
A total of 60 per cent of small businesses which applied for credit were successful according to the Red C poll.
# Unexpected
Unexpected Tweet of the Day: Yoko Ono and Daniel O'Connell
Who knew?
# Unexpected
Katie Price urges closer EU fiscal union but warns against quantitative easing
The glamour model said that her Twitter account had not been hacked as she gave her take on world economic affairs this afternoon.
# Unexpected
Pocock struggles with eating disorder
The Wallabies flanker has revealed the surprising extent to which obsessive anxiety about food and physical fitness have impacted his development.
# Unexpected
Mikel John Obi's father victim of kidnapping
It has emerged that the father of Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi is being held by kidnappers in his native Nigeria. The footballer has yet to receive a ransom demand.