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...

DUP-SF remain two largest parties in Northern Ireland

The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin consolidate their position as Northern Ireland's most popular parties after the 5th May 2011 election to the Northern Irish Assembly.

The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin consolidate their position as Northern Ireland's most popular parties after the 5th May 2011 election to the Northern Irish Assembly.

DUP leader Peter Robinson and SF's Martin McGuinness were re-elected as First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland as their parties remained the two largest forces in Stormont.

The DUP gained two seats in the election and has now 38 MLAs, while Sinn Féin will be represented by 29 MLAs after gaining one seat.

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) lost two seats each and are down to 16 and 14 MLAs respectively.

Non-sectarian party Alliance gained one seat and remains Northern Ireland's fifth largest party with 8 MLAs. The Green Party, the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) and independent candidate David McClarty won one seat each.

Analysts highlighted that for the first time the DUP and SF campaigned on the economy and their record in government instead on the Orange/Green issues that have traditionally divided the Northern Irish society.

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