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...

Ireland to pay lower interest rate on EU bailout loan

Renegotiation of bailout deal could save €900m annually to the Irish economy.

Renegotiation of bailout deal could save €900m annually to the Irish economy.

The Irish Government secured a reduction on its bailout loan repayments following a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on July 21st.

Ireland's interest rate will be lowered from 6% to between 3.5% and 4% and the length of time to pay back the loan has also been extended from seven and a half years to 15 years.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the changes to the bailout deal will save Ireland around €700m to €900m each year in interest payments, money the Irish Government can now spend elsewhere.

The news was a significant victory for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who promised a renegotiation of the EU bailout terms during last March's general election campaign.

The Irish economy is expected to return to positive growth this year, according to the IMF, the EU Commission, and the Irish Central Bank. In May the Irish Government published revised economic forecasts anticipating growth of +0.8% for 2011 and +2.5% for 2012.

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