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HAIR-RAISING duo Jedward jetted back from their sun-soaked holiday with actress Tara Reid yesterday to help launch the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery.

Lucan twins John and Edward Grimes turned out in Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham to announce the special array of prizes and giveaways on offer to mark the Lotto's quarter century.

In the 25th anniversary €1m Prize Giveaway Draw, 100 great prizes will be on offer, with a total prize fund of €1m to be won. And for the first time ever, the National Lottery is inviting players to send in their non-winning National Lottery tickets. All current draw game tickets and scratch cards are eligible to enter.

The draw, hosted by Jedward, will take place on Sunday, September 16, in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

www Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is set to touch down in Dublin in September to give Irish followers an exclusive insight into the mind of one of Europe's most successful managers in the game.

The gaffer will arrive at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, for an intimate evening with an audience in support of the Montse Benitez Foundation.

The foundation, which was set up in 2011 by Rafa and his wife Montse, supports various charities based in Liverpool.

Tickets from €20 go on sale this Friday at 9am.

•A HOST of Irish songwriters and musicians have teamed up to produce a new victory song for Ireland's Paralympic athletes.

These Are The Days, penned by Fran Stone and Pat Cushe, has been released to raise money for athletes competing in London in August.

The songwriters recruited the talents of broadcaster Paddy McKenna, Voice Of Ireland star Nollaig O'Connor, renowned Irish footballer Paul McGrath, and well known RTE racing presenter Robert Hall for the single.

•FESTIVAL-goers are gearing up for the inaugural Liss Ard Festival, Skibbereen, West Cork, this August bank holiday weekend.

The event, which will see a string of well-known musicians as well as top chefs take centre stage, will run on Saturday and Sunday. Food-lovers can enjoy top tips from some of Ireland's greatest producers, chefs and writers, including culinary queen Darina Allen.