At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

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Rory McIlroy on the practice ground in Augusta National golf club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

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Ireland captain Paul O’Connell lifts the RBS 6 Nations Championship trophy in Edinburgh on Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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Former Connacht captain Gavin Duffy will make his Mayo bow on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Bridget Hayes, Annemarie Morey, Megan O’Brien and Karen O’Brien queueing for One Direction tickets outside Eason’s shop at Thurles Shopping Centre, Co Tipperary. The queue started at 5.30pm yesterday. Photograph: Damian Cullen

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U2 lead singer Bono arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November today. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters.

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