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Thursday, 24 May 2007
Road workers clash at Irish monument - Hill of Tara as election approaches 24 May
Mood:  loud
Topic: world


Picture Hill of Tara ancient Irish heritage threatened by road builder

SAM news website also received this from our Australian contact:

From: Maireid Sullivan
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 10:08 AM
Subject: vicious attack on M3 protesters near Hill of Tara

News just in!

On the 22nd of May 2007 saw the contractors forcing the double toll road through Tara Valley with a vengeance. After three days of blockade by the protestors at the gates of the machinery compounds that stopped the destruction work - things suddenly changed. A massive amount of machines and personnel began to push this unwanted road. The Campaign to Save Tara group stood in front of the diggers, blocked the gates and tried to stop this destruction of our culture by putting their bodies in the way of the machines. The protestors were attacked and beaten by the workers while the Gardaí looked on - this event lasted 12 hours.

The national election will be held 24 May.
This has become an election issue, since Sinn Féin, Labour and Greens have announced they will reroute the M3 freeway away from the Hill of Tara region.
Vote Save Tara Valley now!


For the GlobalArtsCollective.org
and the Anam Cara for Tara arts action campaign
We also notice this corroborating source at an Irish 'indymedia 'self publish site

What can you do to help Save Tara?

author by Con Connor - Ireland's Druidschoolpublication date Thu May 24, 2007 01:32Report this post to the editors

You can ring or email the Irish newspapers and tell them of your disgust at procedures at Tara. You can tell your friends and family to Vote Save Tara Valley in tomorrows general election. A detailed report on human and animal bones and teeth found on the ground in Tara Valley today and Irish newspaper contact details and the phone contact details of the Camapign to Save Tara can all be seen at - http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/913570 and a report called "Brutality at Tara" can be seen at http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/913321 I spoke with and stood with the Campaign to Save Tara at Collierstown today. Many of them are sore with bruises and cuts from the unprovoked violent attack by Irish workers of Howley Construction but their spirit is strong. More people are needed to stand with them at Collierstown to stop the toll road. Phone contact details in the links above
Please share this message with friends.


Related Link: http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/471039
More background here The Hill of Tara

By T.S. Kerrigan
'What's next, a shopping center connecting the Lakes of Killarney? A strip mall in Dingle? Unprincipled people seem to be in charge of Ireland's cultural future... .' Click
here to see the full article.
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: The spirits on the Hill

The spirits on the Hill
Irish Independent
Tara plan 'an attack on medieval studies'
Tuesday May 22 2007

OF all the issues at stake in the general election campaign, the 
controversy over the M3 motorway and the Hill of Tara enjoys an almost 
unique consensus.
During last week's TV debate the Leader of the Opposition asked the 
Taoiseach what ever happened to the promised Airport Metro.
Mr Ahern cited objections from the public. You can't simply steamroll 
over the wishes of the people.
The M3 is a case in point. The historical and cultural significance of 
the area around the mystical hill was highlighted yesterday at a 
conference in TCD.
The big guns of academia rolled out to lend their support to the 
campaign to have the €850m road rerouted.
They made their case with glee, revelling in their medieval expertise. 
We would be the first generation in 5,000 years to deface Tara.
How could Enda Kenny expect to be crowned king if he didn't make a stand 
on this issue?
Three weeks ago, the Minister for Transport turned the first sod on the 
motorway, oblivious to the fact that his colleague, the Environment 
Minister, already knew that a large and ancient site lay directly in the 
path of the new road.
It was the first of several bizarre episodes in an extraordinary 
election campaign.
One could be forgiven for imagining ancient, mischievous influences at play.

Posted by editor at 1:30 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2007 2:46 PM NZT

Sunday, 27 May 2007 - 10:57 AM NZT

Name: "Tuathal"
Home Page: http://www.tarawatch.org


To:  Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick Roche

[Petition posted 14 May 2007]

I understand you, Dick Roche, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, will decide the fate of a new national monument, discovered during the course of excavations for the M3 motorway, in County Meath, Ireland.

This national monument is a prehistoric royal ceremonial site, roughly 80 metres in diameter, that is believed by experts to be a part of the Hill of Tara archaeological complex. The Hill of Tara is Ireland's premier national monument, being the site of where 142 kings were crowned, and belongs to all the people of Ireland.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has a constitutional imperative; to give the national heritage the highest level of statutory protection possible.

The Minister has the power, under Section 14A(4)(d) of the National Monuments Act 2004, to reroute the M3 away from this national monument and the entire Tara complex.

Recent surveys have shown that 70\% of Irish people want the M3 rerouted, and I make my pledge on behalf of that democratic majority.

If you decide to allow the M3 to carry on as planned, and instruct the National Roads Authority to demolish the national monument at Lismullen, I pledge to join TaraWatch and actively demonstrate against this decision in Lismullen, when I am called upon to do so.

The site must be preserved intact until such time as the Minister's decision can be judicially reviewed by the High Court.


The Undersigned


Friday, 12 June 2009 - 4:25 PM NZT

Name: "Michael McGrath"

Glad to see you active on behalf of our campaigns here in Ireland to save Tara, Mairead. 


Beir Beannacht !


Michael McGrath,

Archdruid of Ireland

( Elected, Traditional, Hereditary )

Dal na Drui.

Trinity College Dublin.  


Monday, 24 August 2009 - 1:10 PM NZT

Name: "Con Connnor"
Home Page: http://www.druidschool.com

Michael McGrath is not the archdruid of Ireland, he is a fascist 

details of his truth are at 


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