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...

Thousands left without water in Ireland during Christmas

Northern Ireland Water chief resigns after 50,000 homes and business were left without water for almost two weeks during the festive period.

Northern Ireland Water chief resigns after 50,000 homes and business were left without water for almost two weeks during the festive period.

Ireland experienced major water supply problems throughout the country during the Christmas period due to record low temperatures.

Irish councils had to impose water restrictions or cut off supply to deal with burst pipes and a record increase in demand.

The situation was particularly severe in Northern Ireland, which suffered a record number of burst pipes during the thaw that followed days of freezing temperatures.

Thousands of people had to queue for emergency supplies from tankers as homes were left without water for up to 13 days, and half-a-million litres of water had to be sent from Scotland to help with supplies.

The public complained about lack of information as NI Water's phone lines were jammed and its website lacked updated information.

The Northern Ireland Executive, which owns NI Water, criticised the company for failing to prepare for disruption following December's freezing weather.

Following the increasing pressure on him to resign, the company's chief executive Laurence MacKenzie stepped down on 5 January 2011 apologising for the mishandling of the crisis during Christmas and New Year.

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