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...

Ireland has the fastest growing population in the EU

Ireland has the fastest growing population in the EU. Ireland's Central Statistics Office said that continuing high levels of immigration was the main factor pushing up the population by 2.5 per cent to an estimated total of 4.3 million people.

Ireland has the fastest growing population in the European Union, according to figures released by EU statistics agency Eurostat.

Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) said that continuing high levels of immigration was the main factor pushing up the population by 2.5 per cent to an estimated total of 4.3 million people.

Nearly two-thirds of the population increase in the year up to April 2007 was accounted for by net migration with the remaining one-third due to the natural increase in the population.

The natural increase in the population (i.e. births less deaths) for the year ending April 2007 was 38,000, meaning that Ireland's fertility rate is below replacement levels.

The new arrivals are mostly young and male and come from the 10 new EU member states. 67 per cent of them came from Poland, where 94,000 of the new arrivals in 2006 came from, said the report released by the CSO.

According to Census figures, foreign nationals account currently for more than 10% of the population in the Republic of Ireland. Analysts predict that there will be no interruption in the inward flow of non-nationals over the next few years.



Read more at
Central Statistical Office - Population and Migration Estimates April 2007

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/population/current/popmig.pdf

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