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...

Welsh language TV channel S4C2 scrapped

Welsh broadcaster decides to scrap second Welsh TV channel following budget cuts demanded by the UK Department for Culture.

Welsh broadcaster decides to scrap second Welsh TV channel following budget cuts demanded by the UK Department for Culture.

The decision came as a consequence of the announcement that S4C's annual budget will be cut by 25% by 2015 from £100 million down to £75 million.

Until the beginning of 2010, the second Welsh language channel provided live coverage of the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay.

Announcing the scrapping of S4C2, a company's spokesman said: "In light of recent budget cuts announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, S4C has been reviewing how to make the best use of current resources. As a result, a decision has been made to terminate the S4C2 channel."

An spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said: "This is disappointing news as it clearly means less opportunity to further develop Welsh language television services for viewers."

The future of Welsh broadcaster S4C has been the centre of controversy after it was announced that funding will no longer come from the UK government but from the BBC, the UK's public broadcaster.

The decision to change S4C's funding model has raised fears that the Welsh channel will lose its corporate identity and editorial independence, as the BBC will have effective control over S4C's finances and operations.

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