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 railways devolved to Wales

Welsh Government will be able to run an integrated transport policy as management of Welsh railways is devolved to Cardiff.

Welsh Government will be able to run an integrated transport policy as management of Welsh railways is devolved to Cardiff.

Network Rail, the UK government's owner of most of the rail infrastructure in Britain, is to devolve its Wales & Borders lines to Wales.

For the very first time in history, the Welsh railway lines will now have their own budget and managing director based in Wales.

Historically, the railway in Wales was built and operated by separate companies based in England. Now, operations and civil engineering of Welsh railways will be managed from Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government will be able to implement an integrated transport policy as the railways in Wales will be working to objectives of the Welsh Assembly rather than the UK Government.

The devolution of the Welsh railways is expected to increase accountability and deliver improvements to passengers and freight users.

Local and regional Welsh train services have been managed in Cardiff since 2003, but the Welsh rail infrastructure was still in Network Rail’s large Western region, which was based in England and covered railways from London to Cornwall.

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