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...

Wales mourns death of four men in mining accident

The tragedy on the South Wales Coalfield is the worst mining disaster to occur in Wales for three decades.

The tragedy on the South Wales Coalfield is the worst mining disaster to occur in Wales for three decades.

On 15 September 2011, seven miners were working with explosives at the Gleision Colliery drift mine near Swansea, when the tunnel in which they were working began to fill with water.

Three miners were able to escape to the surface, with one being taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, while the other four were trapped underground.

Despite extensive efforts to rescue the remaining miners who were trapped 90 metres below the surface, South Wales Police confirmed on 16 September that all four of the miners had died.

The accident, the worst to occur in Wales for three decades, left the close-knit Swansea Valley community devastated.

On Sunday 18th, prayers were held at church services across Wales to remember the victims. Sporting tributes were paid by Swansea City F.C. and the Welsh Rugby Team, which dedicated their win at the World Cup Match against Samoa to the families of the miners.

A charity, the Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund, was launched after the accident to help support families of the victims.

The small Gleision Colliery is one of the few remaining coal mines still operating in the South Wales Coalfield, a large region of South Wales with rich coal deposits. Coal mining was the main industry in the South Wales valleys until the 1980s, which is home to around 30% of the population of Wales.

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