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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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...

Wales parties after Grand Slam rugby win

More than 250,000 rugby fans in Cardiff celebrated Wales' Grand Slam 29-12 victory against France and their second Six Nations title in four championships.

More than 250,000 rugby fans in Cardiff celebrated Wales' Grand Slam 29-12 victory against France and their second Six Nations title in four championships.

Wales ended their 27-year wait for Grand Slam success after a 29-12 victory against France in Cardiff last March 15th 2008.

In the Six Nations tournament, a Grand Slam is where one team beats all its opponents during one year's competition.

The Welsh squad won their first Grand Slam for 27 years after defeating England, Scotland, Italy, Ireland and finally France.

A record 75,000 erupted in a wild celebration at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium when the referee blew the final whistle giving Wales a 29-12 victory against France.

Even the pouring rain was not enough to curb the enthusiasm of many more thousands who watched the game on a free big screen in the city's civic centre.

The Welsh capital became a carnival-style sea of red with more than 250,000 rugby fans celebrating the victory on the streets and pubs. People hugged complete strangers and sang the tunes of Delilah and Bread of Heaven as the party continued long into the early hours.

St John Wales volunteers, including 140 first-aiders, carried out their biggest deployment outside Christmas and New Year.

Rugby is the national sport of Wales and the Welsh are passionate about the game.

Wales hadn't won a Grand Slam since 1978, although they were close in 1988 and 1994. This year's success comes only two years after they finished at the bottom of the Six Nations.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan praised the national team saying "This team is playing with a ruthless defensive efficiency, combined with traditional Welsh attacking flair."

"We can now all say proudly that we are the champions of Europe and champions of the Northern Hemisphere. Bring on the Southern Hemisphere!," said the First Minister.


2008 Six Nations Championship results

02-02-2008 England 19 – Wales 26
09-02-2008 Wales 30 – Scotland 15
23-02-2008 Wales 47 – Italy 4
08-03-2008 Ireland 12 – Wales 16
15-03-2008 Wales 29 – France 12

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