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Hey, guess what about Dana?

DANA has become an online sensation with Twitter's #danafacts.

The quirky posts purported to give "unknown facts" about the former Eurovision winner.

Among the most popular were: "Dana knows how they get the figs in the fig rolls" and "Dana is called Londondana by the unionist community".

Another poster joked: "Pope Benedict sleeps in a Dana T-shirt."

Candidates do a good turn

SOME of the election candidates were volunteering today.

Sean Gallagher, Mary Davis, Michael D Higgins and Gay Mitchell were all at events for National Day of Volunteering.

Mary's playing her own game

Mary Davis was a notable absentee at Aras an Uachtarain yesterday.

President Mary McAleese rolled out the red carpet for Special Olympics athletes yesterday.

However, Ms Davis -- whose claim to fame is her involvement with the organisation -- was busy launching her campaign.

Lesser-spotted Bertie at zoo

MARY McAleese really is keeping busy in her final weeks in office. But she didn't have too far to travel for yesterday's big engagement -- at Dublin Zoo.

The President even spotted a rare bred in the form of Bertie Ahern as she opened a new gorilla sanctuary.