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...

Michael Higgins elected President of Ireland

2011 Irish presidential election contested by a record seven candidates.

2011 Irish presidential election contested by a record seven candidates.

The former president of the Labour Party, Michael Higgins, became the ninth President of the Republic of Ireland after winning the Irish presidential election on October 27th 2011.

In August 2011 there were just two candidates in the presidential race; a record seven candidates declared their nomination before the deadline on 28 September 2011.

Mr Higgins won with 1,007,104 votes (56.8%) and the second placed candidate was independent Seán Gallagher with 628,114 votes (35.5%).

Mr Gallagher, who was the frontrunner in the opinion polls, suffered a severe campaign setback after he was accused of collecting funds from a corrupt Fianna Fáil businessman.

For the first time in any presidential election, Fianna Fáil neither ran a candidate nor supported the nomination of a candidate.

Born on 18 April 1941 from a humble background, Michael Higgins was first elected to the Irish Parliament in 1981 as a Labour Party candidate for Galway West. He served as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993-1997 and as Mayor of Galway between 1982-1983 and 1991-1992.

In his Galway constituency, several thousand people lined the streets of the city to welcome him home after winning the election.

Mr Higgins, who was president of the Labour Party of Ireland until the presidential election, is also an author, sociologist, poet, and broadcaster.

Michael Higgins is to be inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland at Dublin Castle on 11 November 2011.

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