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...

Scottish Government to hold inquiry into Edinburgh trams fiasco

Calls for the Scottish Government to intervene as controversial tram project in Scotland's capital city hit again by spiralling costs and delays.

Calls for the Scottish Government to intervene as controversial tram project in Scotland's capital city hit again by spiralling costs and delays.

The multimillion pound tramway system that has been under construction in Edinburgh since 2008 has been plagued from its start by a series of delays, budget over-runs, and contractual disputes.

In the latest turn of events, Edinburgh council had to backtrack on a new proposal that would have saw the line terminate more than a mile outside the city centre at Haymarket as the Scottish Government stepped in and threatened to withdraw funding for the works.

The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, also announced that a public inquiry will be held into the project.

The council's management of the project has been strongly criticised by the media and citizen groups, and the Scottish Government has faced calls to intervene in order to bring the costs under control.

Originally costed at £375 million and scheduled to enter service in February 2011, the current estimated cost stands at over £1 billion and the estimated completion date is 2014. The original city tramway network has also been reduced to a smaller line going from the airport to the city centre.

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