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...

US President to visit Ireland

President Obama announced his visit during the Taoiseach's traditional St Patrick's Day trip to the White House in Washington.

President Obama announced his visit during the Taoiseach's traditional St Patrick's Day trip to the White House in Washington.

Mr Obama, who is expected to arrive in Ireland on May 23rd, said he wished to visit his ancestral home of Moneygall, a village (population 300) in Co Offaly.

The 44th US President found out years ago he had an Irish ancestor who fled the country in 1850 in the wake of the potato famine.

The announcement was welcomed by the newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who had only been in the job for a week.

The visit of the US President is expected to provide the new Irish Government with a significant economic assistance.

Speaking in the Oval Office with Mr Kenny sitting next to him, Mr Obama said: "I'm sure that we will be co-operating very closely with Mr Kenny and providing any assistance that we can on the economic front."

Taoiseach Enda kenny said: "I am absolutely thrilled I have to say, that President Obama has confirmed that he is coming to Ireland. He follows a long line of presidents of the US who have visited Ireland. I can assure you that your visit will be rapturously received by the people of Ireland."

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