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Eurovision Finland’s Sandhja (centre) performs with the song Sing It Away during 2016 semi-final. Photograph: Reuters

North Dakota could soon find itself awarded douze points by television viewers, after the Eurovision song contest signed a deal to create a US version(...)

Marathon runners using the controversial marathon shoe competing in Tokyo. “Essentially equipment should not come into the equation, whether that’s the 100m or the long jump or the marathon,” said John Treacy. Photograph:  Kyodo News/Getty Images

Like many people famed in the art of marathon running, John Treacy looked at the results from Tokyo last Sunday with some disbelief. Not just because (...)

An Aer Lingus regional plane parked at Donegal airport. Photograph: Bryan O’ Brien/The Irish Times

A prominently located ad in Donegal Airport’s departures area poses a serious question: “Do you really need to leave?” Medical device maker Randox, i(...)

Kellie Harrington holds her award for  The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year  2018. ‘Medals mean nothing to me. I’m just happy about the place I’m in right now, of how happy my family are, the person I’ve become.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kellie Harrington remembers how it broke in Astana in 2016. Canadian Sara Kali was between her and a world light-welterweight final. After the first-r(...)

Close to the Border between Dundalk, Co. Louth and Newry, Co. Down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Can a hard Border on the island of Ireland be avoided in the event of a no-deal Brexit? Probably not, is the answer. Just as the European Commission s(...)

Black Friday  was brought to this part of the world by the Walmart-owned Asda in 2013 and by everyone else a year later. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Some Black Friday sales started in Ireland last week and everyone from Argos to Zara is now promising discounts of anywhere between 20 and 70 per cent(...)

Marmite maker Unilever drops  plans to centralise its HQ in Rotterdam. Photograph:   Epa/Andy Rain

Fears that the US may accelerate interest rate hikes sent European shares falling to their biggest weekly loss on Friday. Investors believe the world’(...)

Figures from MyHome.ie showed house price inflation slowing. Photograph: iStock

Investors held back from the market on Friday as fears over the impact of political developments such as Italian spending plans and Brexit hit home. (...)

Greenpeace International recently revealed correspondence estimating 280,000 tons a year of UK plastic packaging would be affected by the ban. Photograph: Getty Images

The global waste industry is about to be thrown into turmoil as China is set to implement its threat to shut its door on almost all categories of plas(...)

British advertising giant WPP said it was assessing the situation. Photograph: Benjamin Fathers /AFP/Getty

A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian(...)

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