Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

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Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

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...

Labour on course to win Welsh Assembly Election

Polls giving comfortable majority to Labour as former coalition partners now clash about their own government's record.

Polls giving comfortable majority to Labour as former coalition partners now clash about their own government's record.

Shadow Welsh secretary Peter Hain has called on the Labour party to "kick Plaid out of government" in the coming 5 May 2011 election for the Welsh National Assembly.

Talking about the leader of Plaid Cymru, which governed Wales in coalition with Labour from 2007 to 2011, Mr Hain added "It is difficult... to justify having a Deputy First Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government as ineffective as Ieuan Wyn Jones."

The First Minister of Wales and leader of the Labour Party Carwyn Jones had to defend his coalition cabinet saying "I don't have any ineffective ministers in my government."

Plaid Cymru also had a dig at their former coalition colleagues when the party's deputy leader called Labour "at best feeble and at worst morally bankrupt" during Plaid's conference on March 2011.

According to opinion polls, the Labour Party is heading for a comfortable win in the Welsh election on May 5th as voters in Wales protest against the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats' coalition in London.

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