Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
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

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
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

Friday, 07 October 2011
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

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
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...

Plaid Cymru elects new leader

Leanne Wood becomes the first woman and first non-Welsh speaker to lead the Welsh Party in its 87-year history.

Leanne Wood becomes the first woman and first non-Welsh speaker to lead the Welsh Party in its 87-year history.

The party's leadership election was triggered after Ieuan Wyn Jones announced he would be standing down after a disappointing election result that left Plaid out of government.

Mr Jones, who was 12 years in charge of Plaid Cymry, took the party into government for the first time in its history and secured a referendum on a lawmaking Welsh Parliament.

Incoming leader Leanne Wood faces the task to revive Plaid Cymru's fortunes as the party not trails behind Labour and the Conservatives in the Welsh National Assembly.

Ms Wood, 40, a former probation officer and lecturer in social work from South Wales, unexpectedly won a decisive victory in the leadership contest.

A republican from the left-wing of the party, who was once expelled from the Welsh Assembly for calling the Queen "Mrs Windsor", Ms Wood said she expects to see an independent Wales in her lifetime.

A BBC Wales poll released in March, before the leadership contest results, suggested that support for Welsh independence remains low at 7 percent.

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