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...

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern resigns from Fianna Fáil

The once popular Irish Prime Minister left Fianna Fáil before the party was due to expel him in the wake of a corruption inquiry.

The once popular Irish Prime Minister left Fianna Fáil before the party was due to expel him in the wake of a corruption inquiry.

On 24 March Mr Ahern announced he was leaving Fianna Fáil because he did not want to be "a source of political division in the party I care so deeply about."

The former Taoiseach made his announcement after it emerged Fianna Fáil was going to expel him and other party members after their names appeared on the final report of the Mahon Tribunal.

The Tribunal of Inquiry Into Certain Planning Matters and Payments, commonly known as the Mahon Tribunal, was a public inquiry set up to investigate allegations of corrupt payments to politicians.

Although the Tribunal did not brand Mr Ahern as a corrupt, it found that he failed to tell the truth about large sums of money he had in the early 1990s, while Finance Minister.

Mr Ahern, a charismatic politician lauded at home and abroad, leader of three governments at the height of the Celtic Tiger years, and one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process, defended his innocence and said he is considering options for vindicating his good name.

Current Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who was due to propose a motion to expel Mr Ahern from the party, said "It is a matter of profound personal and professional regret to see confirmed in this report the extent to which Bertie Ahern fell short of the standard of personal behaviour which is expected of the holders of high office."

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