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...

Irish Government rocked by resignation of two Ministers

Confidence in Irish Government at an all time low after resignation of Minister for Defence and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture.

Confidence in Irish Government at an all time low after resignation of Minister for Defence and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture.

Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea resigned from his post on 18 February 2010 over a defamation case.

Mr O'Dea, who had made a false statement to the courts over a rival politician, was asked by Taoiseach Brian Cowen to resign after the Green Party threatened to pull out of the coalition Government if Mr O'Dea stayed in office.

A week later Trevor Sergeant, the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, also tendered his resignation following the publication of leaked correspondence where he asked the Irish police to drop a case against one of his constituents.

Mr Sargent, a well respected politician in Irish politics, apologised saying that by writing such a letter on behalf of a constituent he had "over-stepped the line" and made an error of judgement.

There was further embarrassment for the Government as Fianna Fáil's Martin Cullen resigned as a member of Parliament on 8 March 2010, leaving the coalition partners with just a tight majority of 81 members of Parliament.

Latest opinion polls suggest that Fianna Fáil would be likely to lose over 20 seats if a General Election was held on the upcoming weeks

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