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

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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

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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...

Ireland enacts new law in attempt to tackle alcohol problems

The Irish Government has enacted new regulations aimed at curbing the problem of alcohol abuse in Ireland.
The Irish Government has enacted new regulations aimed at curbing the problem of alcohol abuse in Ireland.


Starting from 30th July 2008, off-licences in Ireland will have earlier closing times and the Irish police will have new powers to confiscate alcohol being consumed in public.

The new regulations enacted by the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 come as a result of the recommendations made by the government-commissioned Alcohol Advisory Group and aim to curb underage drinking and public disorder.

The Irish Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern, said the new law would help to tackle the problem of alcohol abuse in the country.

"The Act places restrictions on the availability and visibility of alcohol and provides for more effective enforcement to deal with the consequences of alcohol abuse", said Mr Ahern.

Under the Intoxicating Liquor Act provisions, off-licences are only permitted to sell alcohol until 10 pm. The Act also includes restrictions on alcohol promotions as well as stronger penalties for retailers who are found selling alcohol to minors.

The Intoxicating Liquor Act also grants the Irish police new powers to confiscate alcohol from people aged under 18 and to seize bottles where there is a reasonable apprehension of public disorder. The Gardai also has powers to give fines for the offence of disorderly conduct and intoxication in a public place.

The new law has generally been well received, but there are concerns that more still needed to be done.

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