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

IMAGE Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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

IMAGE Thursday, 03 March 2011
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...

Tight race between SNP and Labour to win Scottish election

Scottish parties declare election race open as polls show Scottish National Party and Labour neck and neck.

Scottish parties declare election race open as polls show Scottish National Party and Labour neck and neck.

The 2011 Scottish Parliament election, to be held on May 5th, is expected to be a tight two-horse race as recent opinion polls show the SNP and Labour very close in voting intention figures.

SNP leader Alex Salmond has publicly received the endorsement of known businessmen, celebrities and even rival politicians such as former Labour MP Dennis Canavan and Liberal Democrat MSP John Farquhar Munro. The Scottish Sun newspaper, which has the largest daily circulation figures in the country, has also come out in support of the SNP.

Labour leader Iain Gray hasn't had such a good start to the campaign, with polls indicating that three out of four voters did not know who the Scottish Labour leader was. He also suffered the ignominy of having to take shelter in a subway sandwich shop on April 7th after a visit to Glasgow Central station was disrupted by a group calling themselves Citizens United against Public Cuts.

Polls also suggest a backlash against the Liberal Democrat party for their coalition with the Conservatives in London and a rise in the vote for the Scottish Green Party.

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