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...

Controversy as opposition accuses Taoiseach of drunk interview

Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen says opposition reached a "real new low" after Fine Gael blogger suggests the Taoiseach was drunk in radio interview.

Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen says opposition reached a "real new low" after Fine Gael blogger suggests the Taoiseach was drunk in radio interview.

A RTÉ radio interview with the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen became an international news story after an opposition politician, Fine Gael's Simon Coveney, posted a comment on Twitter suggesting that the Taoiseach had been "halfway between drunk and hungover".

Mr Cowen was interviewed on September 14th 2010 on the Morning Ireland programme, only a few hours after an annual Fianna Fáil party conference which stretched late into the night.

In the interview, Mr Cowen sounded hoarse and mistakenly referred to the recent Croke Park public-sector pay agreement as the 1998 "Good Friday Agreement".

Hours after the opposition claimed the Taoiseach had been inebriated on air, the Irish Prime Minister was already making the headlines in 30 countries around the world.

Denying the opposition's claim, the Taoiseach said Irish politics had reached a "real new low".

Political analysts commented the allegation could become one of the most damaging episodes of Brian Cowen's political career.

The Taoiseach's handling of the RTÉ broadcast prompted a number of Fianna Fáil backbenchers to renew their concerns over Mr Cowen's leadership.

Fine Gael's Simon Coveney refused to apologise and issued a further message on Twitter saying "Seems like offering an honest comment on Taoiseach’s interview is now being described as a new low in politics."

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