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...

Fianna Fáil holds "most crucial" Ard Fheis since foundation

Party leader Micheál Martin apologises for Fianna Fáil mistakes while in government as support for the republican party remains at historic low.

Party leader Micheál Martin apologises for Fianna Fáil mistakes while in government as support for the republican party remains at historic low.

Fianna Fáil's first Ard Fheis (Annual Conference) since its electoral crash last year was portrayed as the "most crucial" for the party since is foundation in 1926.

Polls published before the party's conference in the first weekend of March suggest Fianna Fáil support remains at an all time low of 16 per cent.

Around 3,000 delegates attended the Ard Fheis, which debated substantial policy and organisational changes, some of which were considered fundamental to Fianna Fáil’s future.

The conference was also the first major test for the leadership of Micheál Martin, who days before the Ard Fheis accepted the resignation of his deputy Éamon Ó Cuív over disagreements on the party's stance on the EU Fiscal Stability Treaty.

Mr Martin, who in his keynote speech apologised for Fianna Fáil's role in Ireland's economic collapse, asked party members to look to the future and said the party will act "against anyone who is shown to have abused their position in Fianna Fáil or in elected office".

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