The new dahlia garden in Aras an Uachtarain, which contains several Irish-bed cultivars include Dahlia ‘John Markham’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What does it feel like to have a plant named after you? Someone who knew the answer to that question was the late John Markham, the greatly respect(...)

Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2003, Rosanna Davison was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman when she won Miss World. By 2012, with dad Chris de Burgh’s blessing, Davison(...)

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada (left) was Miss World 1970. Megan Young of the Philippines (right) is the reigning Miss World. Spot the difference in our 1970 - 2014 picture show (below). Some things really don’t ever change. Illustrations: Paul Scott

Miss World is the cockroach of the entertainment scene. Once it checks in, it’s unlikely to check out. Last year Miss World strutted its stuff in Indo(...)

The late Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado (above) was to have flown to London this week to compete in the Miss World pageant - the high point of her reign. Photograph: EPA/STR 2:24

A man has told police he killed Miss Honduras and her sister in a jealous rage because the latter, his girlfriend, danced with another man.The bodies(...)

Maria Jose Alvarado had been due to take part in the Miss World events that start tomorrow and culminate in the final in London on December 14th. Photograph: EPA/STR 1:28

A Honduran beauty queen has been found murdered just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in London, police said today.The bod(...)

Winner: Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh

For a few minutes, park the labels “bogger bingo”, “old fashioned” and “part of what we are” and consider whether The Rose of Tralee (RTÉ One, Monday (...)

Inspired by courage: Linor Abargil, left, and film-maker Cecilia Peck

In 1998, seven weeks before winning the Miss World pageant, 18-year-old Linor Abargil was raped. Fellow Israeli Uri Shlomo was meant to help her ge(...)

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and rapper Pitbull: another balls-up for FIFA.   Photograph:  Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

It would be desperately unfair to all involved to pre-judge the Brazil World Cup 2014 Official Song Anthem before it is released in March. But it will(...)

Rosanna Davison: finishing the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

When did you start running and why?I started running in primary school. Every day, we had to run a 6km loop of the school. It was a warm-up for hockey(...)

I ’m reading an article about how what you wear to drop the children off to school reveals “where you’re at” in life. Big sunglasses and big hair say (...)