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...

Air travel disrupted by Iceland volcano ash

Thousands of passengers in the northern Celtic nations affected by the Icelandic volcano ash cloud.

Thousands of passengers in the northern Celtic nations affected by the Icelandic volcano ash cloud.

Iceland's most active volcano, Grímsvötn, caused disruption to air travel in North-Western Europe between 22–25 May 2011.

Scotland was the worst hit of the Celtic nations as the cloud of volcanic ash closed all Scottish airports on 24 May.

Although the Republic of Ireland’s airspace was not directly affected by the ash, a number of European destinations including flights to and from Scotland, Germany and Scandinavia were affected and services had to be cancelled. The threat of air travel disruption cut US President Barack Obama's state visit to Ireland a day short.

Airports affected by knock-on effects of cancelled services included Wales' Cardiff airport, which also had a number of inbound and outbound flights cancelled.

Last year, ash clouds from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption led to the largest closure of European airspace for over half a century. Over 10 million passengers were left stranded and the business lost billions of Euro.

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