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...

Glasgow to host 2014 Commonwealth Games

Glasgow has won the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, obtaining 47 out of 71 votes. The net economic benefit to the city is expected to be in the region of £26m and a further £55m to the Scottish economy as a whole.

Glasgow has won the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, obtaining 47 out of 71 votes. The only rival bid came from Abuja, Nigeria, which received 24 votes.

What started off as a three way competition to host the games, was reduced to two after the bid from Halifax, Canada was abruptly withdrawn in March. The bid was withdrawn after the province of Nova Scotia and The City of Halifax decided they could no longer provide funding for the bid.

The Glasgow bid has placed a great emphasis on the using the games as a springboard for economic and social regeneration in the city. Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, stated that "the Commonwealth Games is firmly recognised as a major world event, delivering a substantial legacy to the cities which host the event." Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, commented that the games would help "in our bid to inspire a whole generation to live healthier, more physically active lifestyles."

The creation of an athlete’s village, which will provide accommodation for up to 8000 people during the games, is hoped to improve the variety of housing stock in the city. After the games, the complex will be used to provide affordable housing, with all of the houses being made available for sale or socially rented through housing associations.

The net economic benefit to the city is expected to be in the region of £26m and a further £55m to the Scottish economy as a whole.


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