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...

Glasgow council leader quits in shock drugs revelations

Steven Purcell, the leader of Scotland's largest city, quit his post before allegations of drugs use went public.

Steven Purcell, the leader of Scotland's largest city, quit his post before allegations of drugs use went public.

On 2 March 2010, a Scottish Labour Party spokesman announced Mr Purcell had resigned from his job as city council leader due to "stress and exhaustion".

His unexpected resignation shocked the Scottish political world. The youngest ever leader of the largest council in Scotland and one of the most respected Scottish politicians, Mr Purcell was widely considered to be the future leader of the Labour Party and a First Minister of Scotland in waiting.

The circumstances of Mr Purcell's unexpected resignation were soon questioned by the media as it emerged that the leader of Scotland's largest city had gone missing from a rehabilitation clinic less than 24 hours after the announcement.

In the following days it emerged that Mr Purcell had gone to Australia as stories about his alcohol and drugs problems started to appear in the press.

It also became known that the Glasgow council leader had been visited by officers of the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency to warn him that gangsters could have a video of him snorting cocaine, which made him vulnerable to blackmail.

Following press allegations that individuals and organisations may have benefited from Glasgow city council, which has an annual budget in excess of £2 billion, the Scottish National Party called for an investigation into the activities of the council under Mr Purcell's leadership.

Steven Purcell has been replaced as leader of Glasgow city council by his former deputy, Councillor Jim Coleman.

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