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 Prime Minister wins confidence vote

The Taoiseach received the backing of the majority of Parliament following a confidence motion tabled by opposition party Fine Gael.

The Taoiseach received the backing of the majority of Parliament following a confidence motion tabled by opposition party Fine Gael.

The Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition government won the vote by 82-77.

The motion, which was debated in Parliament on 15 June, questioned Taoiseach Brian Cowen's ability to manage the country’s economy.

Mr Cowen accepted responsibility for failing to foresee Ireland's economic crisis in 2008, but accused the opposition parties of hypocrisy as they also failed to see the crisis coming.

The confidence vote was overshadowed by an unexpected leadership crisis in the Fine Gael party, as latest polls showed a sharp decline in support for the opposition party leader Enda Kenny.

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