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...

Four dead in explosion at oil refinery in Wales

The blast at the Chevron refinery in Pembrokeshire, which employs 1,400 locally, shattered a 730-cubic metre storage tank killing four and leaving a fifth person with severe burn injuries.

The blast at the Chevron refinery in Pembrokeshire, which employs 1,400 locally, shattered a 730-cubic metre storage tank killing four and leaving a fifth person with severe burn injuries.

The explosion happened on June 2 during routine maintenance on one of the refinery's 140 storage tanks.

It is believed a single spark ignited gases in the tank, causing a blast which was heard and seen for miles around.

The Chevron refinery in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, can refine 220,000 barrels of crude oil a day into petrol and other products.

The fire was brought under control within two hours and the authorities said there was no risk to the health of members of the public as a result of the incident.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones visited the refinery after the accident to meet emergency workers and staff and thank them for their work in the aftermath of the explosion.

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