Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

IMAGE Wednesday, 04 April 2012
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

IMAGE Wednesday, 07 September 2011
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

IMAGE Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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

IMAGE Thursday, 07 April 2011
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

IMAGE Thursday, 03 March 2011
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...

Oil spill off Scotland confirmed as the biggest in a decade

Around 1,300 barrels (210 tonnes) of oil leaked from an offshore platform just 180 km off the city of Aberdeen.

Around 1,300 barrels (210 tonnes) of oil leaked from an offshore platform just 180 km off the city of Aberdeen.

The leak was first detected on August 10 near the Gannet Alpha platform, off the north east coast of Scotland.

Shell UK, which manages the Gannet Alpha platform, admitted a few days later that it had found a second leak in a pipeline located 91m below the sea surface.

By the time the oil spill was stopped, nine days after the problem was first detected, over 210 tonnes of oil had leaked into the North Sea making this the worst oil spill in Scottish waters in a decade.

The Gannet Alpha oil platform, just 180km off the city of Aberdeen, has the capacity to export 88,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

August 2011 was an eventful month for Scotland's oil industry. A week before the Gannet Alpha oil spill, a major pipeline off the north east of the country had to be closed for five days as a World War II bomb was found only a few metres away from the line.

The BP Forties pipeline, passing just 40 km east of Peterhead, transports about 40% of oil produced in the UK.

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