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...

Pope Benedict to visit Scotland and Galicia

The head of the Roman Catholic Church is set to visit Scotland and Galicia in September and November 2010 respectively.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church is set to visit Scotland and Galicia in September and November 2010 respectively.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Edinburgh and Glasgow from 16th to 19th September and Santiago de Compostela on 6th November.

On his Scottish visit, the head of the Roman Catholic Church will be received by the Queen at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace and is expected to hold a public mass in Glasgow.

This will be the first Papal visit to Scotland since Pontiff John Paul II's in 1982, which included a mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park, attended by 300,000 people.

The First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said: "I warmly welcome the announcement that His Holiness will travel to Scotland this September and visit Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Papal events in 1982 were an enormous success and this visit will be a wonderful occasion for the whole of Scotland."

Pope Benedict XVI is also set to visit Galicia's capital Santiago de Compostella as part of the 2010 Jacobean jubilee year celebrations.

Jacobean jubilees are special years of remission of sins held when St James' Day -July 25th- falls on a Sunday. This will be the first Papal visit to Galicia since Pope John Paul II's in 1989.

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