Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

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Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

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...

Brittany's President Le Drian re-elected in Breton poll

Jean-Yves Le Drian secures majority in Breton election and drops former coalition partners Les Verts and Union Démocratique Bretonne from government.

Jean-Yves Le Drian secures majority in Breton election and drops former coalition partners Les Verts and Union Démocratique Bretonne from government.

The final results of the 2010 Breton election, declared on 21 March, keep Jean-Yves Le Drian as President of Brittany with just 50.27% of the vote.

The election to Brittany's devolved regional council, Région Bretagne, gave 52 seats to Mr Le Drian's left-wing coalition list formed by Parti Socialiste, Parti Communiste, and Bretagne Écologie.

In the lowest ever result for the conservatives in Brittany, Majorité Presidentielle, the centre-right coalition formed by Union pour un Mouvement Populaire and Christian Democrats won only 20 seats with a 32.36% of the vote.

Europe Écologie Bretagne, a list of former government coalition partners between 2004 to 2010, the ecologist party Les Verts and regionalists Union Démocratique Bretonne, got 11 seats with a 17.37% of the vote.

After securing his 52-seat majority with the coalition of Parti Socialiste, Parti Communiste, and Bretagne Écologie, Mr. Le Drian announced he would no longer need his former 2004-2010 coalition parters Les Verts and Union Démocratique Bretonne to form a new government.



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