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

IMAGE Friday, 07 October 2011
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...

Highly radioactive particles found near Scotland's capital city

Radioactive particles found on Dalgety Bay near Edinburgh pose "significant risk" to the public, warns Scotland's environmental regulator.

Radioactive particles found on Dalgety Bay near Edinburgh pose "significant risk" to the public, warns Scotland's environmental regulator.

Warning signs have been erected on a beach in Dalgety Bay, a coastal town with a population 10,030 which functions largely as a commuter suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland’s environmental regulator, detected the radioactive objects in September and they are believed to come from WWII bomber planes that were dumped in the area after the war.

SEPA, which briefed the Scottish Government and the UK Ministry of Defence, threatened to close the "radioactive contaminated land" if the area is not cleaned up.

The environment agency says the radioactive particles are being increasingly exposed as the land erodes and pose a "significant risk" to the public.

Dangerous radiation levels have been found on the shoreline of Dalgety Bay since the 1990s, but the latests findings have had much higher radioactive levels than anything previously discovered at the beach.

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