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...

Wales to have referendum for more Devolution powers

The Welsh Assembly voted unanimously on 9 February 2010 for a referendum on legislative powers for Wales.

The Welsh Assembly voted unanimously on 9 February 2010 for a referendum on legislative powers for Wales.

The four Welsh parties represented in the Welsh Assembly agreed on the principle that laws that affect only Wales should be made in Wales.

The referendum, which will be held by May 2011 at the latest, will allow Welsh people to decide whether they want full legislative powers for the Welsh National Assembly.

A Yes vote would allow the Welsh Assembly to make laws in areas like health, transport, education and environment without having to seek the approval of Westminster.

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, notified Welsh Secretary Peter Hain of the Assembly's request. The Welsh Secretary now has until June 9th to issue a draft order for a Referendum, which will have to be approved by the parliament of the United Kingdom.

The First Minister of Wales welcomed the vote and said "This is an important day for the future governance of Wales."

"I believe this Assembly has shown, and this Government has shown, that we can handle legislation responsibly. We have shown that we can deliver quality Welsh laws that can make a real difference to people’s lives in Wales."

Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, said "People in Wales now believe that it is the Assembly rather than any other legislature which should make most of the decisions that affect their daily lives. And I am confident that if you ask people should the Assembly have more tools to do the job more effectively, then most people in Wales would say 'yes'".

A poll published by the BBC on St David's Day 2010 showed that support for a Yes vote in favour of full lawmaking powers for the Welsh Assembly has reached an all-time high of 56%, with just a 35% opposing the increase in devolution powers.

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