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...

Irish Church braced for new clerical abuse report fallout

Relations between Irish government and Vatican reach a historic low after Cloyne Report accuses the Roman Catholic Church of not cooperating with the civil authorities.

Relations between Irish government and Vatican reach a historic low after Cloyne Report accuses the Roman Catholic Church of not cooperating with the civil authorities.

Published in July 2011, the Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne is the latest in the series of clerical sex abuse scandals in Ireland.

The judicial inquiry was severely critical of the way the Roman Catholic Church handled allegations of sexual abuse against 19 priests in the Diocese of Cloyne, Co Cork, between 1996 and 2009.

The inquiry found that the diocese failed to report 9 out of 15 complaints made against priests to the authorities. The report also said that Church official Bishop John Magee misled a previous inquiry and gave a false account of how he was handling allegations.

All-Ireland Primate Cardinal Seán Brady said the publication of the report was a "dark day" for the Catholic Church in Ireland.

In an unprecedented attack on the Roman Catholic Church, Taoiseach Enda Kenny accused the Vatican of attempting "to frustrate an Inquiry in a sovereign, democratic Republic".

The Irish Prime Minister said: "The historic relationship between Church and State in Ireland could not be the same again. The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation."

Mr Kenny told to the Irish Parliament: "This is not Rome... This is the Republic of Ireland 2011. A Republic of laws….where the delinquency and arrogance of a particular version will no longer be tolerated or ignored."

The Vatican responded by recalling its special envoy in Ireland to discuss the impact of the Cloyne Report before giving a "considered response" to the Irish government.

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Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

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