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...

Major oil discovery made off the coast of Ireland

Ireland could become an oil producer as first commercially viable oil well is found south of Cork.

Ireland could become an oil producer as first commercially viable oil well is found south of Cork.

Ireland's first commercial oil discovery, confirmed in March 2012 just days before St Patrick's, could produce up to 10 billion barrels of oil.

Barryroe oil well, located 50km off the Irish coast in the North Celtic Sea Basin, is more than 300ft deep and is producing 3,514 barrels of high-quality oil a day. However, production is expected to reach as much as 20,000 barrels a day when production commences at the field in the next three years.

Irish oil and gas company Providence Resources, which owns the Barryroe well, hopes that the surrounding field will contain many further viable wells.

The oil discovery was welcomed by the Irish government, which is still struggling with the economic crisis and the terms of the €67 billion bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Oil was first discovered off the Irish coast in the 1970s, but exploration was never commercial due to low oil prices and lack of technology.

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