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 goes to the polls on Constitution amendment Referendum

Voters approve amendment on cuts to judicial salaries and refuse proposal to provide additional powers to the national Parliament.

Voters approve amendment on cuts to judicial salaries and refuse proposal to provide additional powers to the national Parliament.

The two referendums were held on the same day as the 2011 presidential election on 27 October.

Voters approved, by a large majority, the Twenty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland which will remove the prohibition of the reduction of the salaries of Irish judges.

Under the Irish Constitution, a judge's salary could not be reduced during their term of office. That was originally intended to protect the independence of the judiciary by preventing governments from using salary cuts as a threat to contentious judges.

A proposed Thirtieth Amendment to give greater powers to Parliament committees investigating matters of public importance was rejected by the electorate.

The rejected amendment was promoted by the Irish government, which was seeking to overturn a ruling from the Supreme Court of Ireland which prevented the Parliament from investigating the circumstances of a police shooting in 2000.

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