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...

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader found guilty of perjury

Tommy Sheridan, one of Scotland's best known politicians, was convicted of lying in Court during his defamation case against a newspaper.

Tommy Sheridan, one of Scotland's best known politicians, was convicted of lying in Court during his defamation case against a newspaper.

The former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party won a defamation action against the News of the World in 2006 after the newspaper ran stories accusing Mr Sheridan of adultery and visiting a sex club.

But one year later, Lothian and Borders Police decided to charge the politician with perjury for allegedly having told lies to the Court in his successful defamation case.

Mr Sheridan's high profile perjury trial began in October 2010 at the High Court in Glasgow. For the next 12 weeks the case made the nation's headlines as the jury were told details about the politician's private life.

Although 11 of Mr Sheridan's former Socialist Party colleagues testified against him, he claimed he was innocent and told the Court there had been a long standing campaign conducted against him by his former party colleagues, the police and the News of the World.

On 23 December 2010, the jury found Mr Sheridan guilty of perjury. The politician announced he would appeal the decision, while the News of the World said it intended to recoup Court costs from Mr Sheridan.

One of Scotland's most charismatic politicians, Tommy Sheridan lead the Scottish Socialist Party to gain 6 seats in the 2003 election to the Scottish Parliament.

In 2006 Mr Sheridan left the Scottish Socialist Party and created a new socialist party called Solidarity. Both parties failed to win any seats in the 2007 election for the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Sheridan is the fourth Scottish political party leader to fall from grace in the past decade of Scottish Devolution. Other former party leaders to have fallen victim of press revelations include Labour's Henry McLeish in 2001, Conservative David McLetchie in 2005 and Labour's Wendy Alexander in 2007.

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