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...

Scotland to have more financial powers devolved

The Scottish Government will be able to control a third of its budget as the UK government announces the devolution of further financial powers to Scotland.

The Scottish Government will be able to control a third of its budget as the UK government announces the devolution of further financial powers to Scotland.

The Scotland Bill, published by the UK government on St Andrew's Day, will give Scotland more tax and borrowing powers.

From 2015, Scotland will be able to control a third of its budget, with the other two thirds still being controlled directly from London.

The Bill also gives Scotland limited borrowing powers of up to £2.7billion.

Other powers to be devolved include control over air guns, speed limits and drink-drive laws, stamp duty and landfill tax.

The Bill also allows the Scottish Parliament to introduce further Scotland-specific taxes, subject to London's approval.

The pro-independence parties said the Bill's fiscal powers are too limited, but the unionist parties welcomed the Bill and said that more than a decade after Devolution, the time was right to give further powers to Scotland.

The Scotland Bill

The Scottish Government's commentary on the Bill

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