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...

UK government refuses to devolve energy powers to Wales

Welsh First Minister contradicted by UK Energy Minister over request to devolve energy powers to Wales.

Welsh First Minister contradicted by UK Energy Minister over request to devolve energy powers to Wales.

Decisions on major energy infrastructure projects in Wales will continue to be taken in London, admitted the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, who said the news was a "slap in the face" for Wales.

The controversy followed a large campaign in Powys, mid Wales, against plans for new wind farm developments.

The Welsh government is keen to have the powers to decide of future wind farm plans in Wales.

In June, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones announced that the UK government was considering his request to have the power to decide major energy projects devolved.

However, the Welsh First Minister's statement was contradicted by the UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry, who ruled out any further devolution of powers to the Welsh government.

Commenting on the refusal to devolve energy powers to Wales, a spokesman for the Welsh government said "The UK government has now made it clear that they will in future take decisions over wind farms in Wales and consequently this is nothing to do with the Welsh government. It's a ridiculous state of affairs that the people of Wales cannot decide on such matters. Why are the UK government so afraid of Welsh people having control over their own energy resources, like they do in Scotland?"

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