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...

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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