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...

Welsh First Minister calls for more financial powers for Wales

UK Government to set up commission looking into more devolved powers for Wales as Welsh Government asks for reform of funding arrangement.

UK Government to set up commission looking into more devolved powers for Wales as Welsh Government asks for reform of funding arrangement.

Speaking at the National Assembly for Wales last June, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said "There is a consensus in this chamber, and I believe across Welsh civic society, that the devolved funding settlement for Wales is no longer fit for purpose."

The Welsh Government called on the UK Government to reform the Barnett Formula, the funding arrangement that determines how much money Wales receives back from the UK each year.

The First Minister also called for the devolution of borrowing powers and fiscal measures such as landfill tax, stamp duty, and air passenger duty.

In response to the calls for more devolved powers for Wales, the Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, said "We will be setting up a commission to look at how we can make sure we embed devolution and make sure we have the right level of powers in Wales. "

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