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...

Fianna Fáil suffers its worst result in its 85 year history

Handling of Irish financial crisis blamed as Fianna Fáil is swept from power in its worst defeat since the formation of the Irish State.

Handling of Irish financial crisis blamed as Fianna Fáil is swept from power in its worst defeat since the formation of the Irish State.

Irish voters punished government coalition partners Fianna Fáil and the Greens in the Irish General Election held on 25 February 2011.

Fianna Fáil, which had 77 seats before the General Election, lost 57 seats and is now the third largest party in the chamber with only 20 seats. That represents 12% of the overall seats in the Dáil, the Irish Parliament.

It is the first time since the 1927 election that Fianna Fáil will not be the largest party in the chamber.

Even when Fianna Fáil was in opposition, it was still the largest party in the Dáil with well over 60 seats.

In the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state, the republican party was replaced by Fine Gael as the largest party in Ireland for the first time since 1927.

In Dublin the party lost 12 of its 13 seats and senior party figures failed to get re-elected across the country's 43 constituencies .

Casualties of the party's electoral meltdown include Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Mary Coughlan and senior cabinet members Mary Hanafin and Pat Carey.

The Green Party, the junior party in the government coalition with Fianna Fáil, was completely wiped out from the Dáil as it lost all the six seats it had previously held. As the party's share of the vote fell below 2%, the Greens will lose state funding for the party and will not be able to reclaim election expenses.

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