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

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...

New leaders for Scottish Labour and the Conservatives

Labour's Johann Lamont and Conservative Ruth Davidson elected leaders of the main opposition parties in Scotland.

Labour's Johann Lamont and Conservative Ruth Davidson elected leaders of the main opposition parties in Scotland.

The incoming leaders replace Labour's Iain Gray and the Conservatives' Annabel Goldie, who decided to step aside in the wake of the SNP's landslide election victory in May 2011.

Elected in November 2011, 32-year-old Ruth Davidson beat off competition from the party's deputy leader, Murdo Fraser, who was seen as the front runner in the contest. Mr Fraser wanted to rebrand the Conservatives as a new centre-right Scottish party, independent from the UK conservatives.

Mr Davidson, a former BBC journalist who was voted into the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, said she opposes further new powers for Scotland.

Scottish Labour's Johann Lamont, was elected new party leader in december 2011 after narrowly beating Shadow Education Minister Ken Macintosh.

A 54-year-old former teacher and deputy party leader since 2008, Mrs Lamont vowed to change the Labour party and said "we need to reach back into those communities who used to support us and win back the trust and reassure them their faith in us will be repaid."

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