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Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

IMAGE Tuesday, 17 May 2011
A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

IMAGE Thursday, 03 March 2011
The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Consultation underway to create a national Scottish police force

Scottish Government reform plan could merge the country's eight regional police forces into a single Scottish force.

Scottish Government reform plan could merge the country's eight regional police forces into a single Scottish force.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the Scottish Government will launch a consultation on major Police and Fire & Rescue services reform, which could result in the creation of a Scottish national police force.

Scotland has eight regional police forces and about 25% of the Government's policing budget is spent on headquarters bureaucracy.

The Scottish Government said the reform aims to reduce headquarters bureaucracy and save taxpayers money without hitting frontline operations.

The Government, which will take a decision on the issue after the consultation, favours the creation of a national police force.

A Scottish single police force is also supported by opposition parties Labour and the Conservatives, although the Liberal Democrats remain opposed.

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