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Tara's landscape - protest and destruction

category national | environment | news report author Friday February 23, 2007 09:22author by M. Ni Bhrolchain - Save Tara Report this post to the editors

As the archaeologists move out - the diggers move in

A series of photographs of the activity in the Gabhra Valley over the last 6 weeks. The wonderful sites that are being exposed and explored are being prepared for the destruction. Bodies and artefacts are removed from huge sites that are so large that they now back one on the other.
Protests take place each Friday at 3pm on the N3 just after the entrance to Tara on the way to Navan in the Gabhra Valley where it meets the Hill of Tara.
Roestown aerial - ready for destruction
Roestown aerial - ready for destruction

How the powers that be treat our most sensitive landscape - what hope for anywhere else in Ireland?

*Irish Independent, Letter - Battle of Tara not yet over*, *Saturday February 17th 2007*

MINISTER Roche recently launched a study of important battle sites and
vowed to amend the National Monuments Act to protect them saying:
"Battlefields can increase our knowledge and understanding of momentous
events in Irish history" (Irish Times, January 18, 2007).
Tara, and the Gabhra Valley, has been the background of many battles and
¨momentous events", not least the legendary Battle of Gabhra and Achall
(Skreen) between the King of Tara, Cairpre Lifechair, son of Cormac mac
Airt, and the Fianna commemorated in saga and verse.
The king himself and many heroes are said to have perished in the
conflict and were buried in the area. One poem mentions a 'sad mound'
holding 'the long grave'.
Just over a thousand years ago, in 980, the Battle of Tara was fought
between the Irish King Malachy the second, and the Norse king of Dublin,
Olaf.
Presumably the battle casualties were buried in situ somewhere in the
valley. Are their bodies being dug up in advance of the construction of
the M3?
In 1798 there was another Battle of Tara between Irish rebels and crown
forces.
It was perhaps because of the extraordinary historical pedigree of Tara
and its association with battle in the past that Daniel O'Connell saw
fit to hold a monster meeting on the Hill in 1843, said to have been
attended by one million people.
Is Minister Roche's interest in battlefields too late to ensure the
preservation of the sites in the Gabhra Valley and Tara?
Can it possibly be true that battlefields before the early Middle Ages
will be excluded from this audit and will, therefore, not be eligible
for any equivalent protection?
Despite the vision of these recent initiatives, it is somewhat ironic
that this minister, along with former ministers for the Environment,
Dempsey and Cullen, choose this moment in history to do battle with
those Irish citizens who wish to see our heritage, and above all Tara,
granted a modest degree of legal protection.
The Battle of Tara is not yet over.
Dr Muireann Ni Bhrolcháin
School of Celtic Studies
NUI, Maynooth
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**Irish Independent, Letter - Thursday February 22nd 2007
M3 as national monument

Julitta Clancy (Letters, February 16) highlights the glaring
inconsistencies of An Bord Pleanala's assessment of the impacts on the
archaeological landscape of Tara of the M3 motorway and of a buildings
materials recycling plant respectively (the former will have no impact,
the latter an injurious one).
She is, however, being overly pedantic: neither of these developments is
1,000 metres from the Hill of Tara, they are actually at the foot of the
Hill of Tara.
Though they may be about 1,000m from the State-owned land on the crown
of the hill, everyone knows this is manifestly not the full extent of
the Tara complex.
The landscape and archaeological sites that are being, or would have
been, destroyed by these developments are unique and irreplaceable
components of Tara.
Could it be that An Bord Pleanala is anticipating the prediction of the
Chief Archaeologist (DoE) that the M3 will one day be a national
monument, and that its intention is to protect the motorway from a
development that would detract from its historical significance?
CONOR NEWMAN
(DEPT. OF ARCHAEOLOGY,
NUI, GALWAY)
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Souterrain at Roestown
Souterrain at Roestown

Builders compound at Roestown
Builders compound at Roestown

Protest at N3
Protest at N3

Work at Lismullin Wood in the Gabhra Valley
Work at Lismullin Wood in the Gabhra Valley

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Precious finds     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 09:25 
   M3 European Petition     W. Finnerty.    Fri Feb 23, 2007 18:53 
   More from Roestown     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 19:11 
   A leithéid!!!!!!!!!     Duine    Fri Feb 23, 2007 19:14 
   More sites in the Valley     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 19:18 
   More photos of sites in the Gabhra Valley     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 21:38 
   And more sites again     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 21:51 
   And even more sites and photos     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 22:00 
   In depth shots of Baronstown Jan 4 2007     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 22:05 
 10   Lismullin before the serious digging begins     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 22:09 
 11   Letter to the Irish Independent Feb 16th 2007     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 22:15 
 12   Photos from the NRA M3 website     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 23:49 
 13   Removal of cremation burial at Ardsallagh 2     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Feb 23, 2007 23:58 
 14   Lived and buried in the "shadow of their sacred mountain"     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Feb 24, 2007 00:06 
 15   And finally ...     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Feb 24, 2007 00:09 
 16   A game board     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Feb 24, 2007 01:05 
 17   Additional information sent     W. Finnerty.    Sat Feb 24, 2007 09:25 
 18   Tara Day at NUI Maynooth     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Feb 24, 2007 22:17 
 19   Green Party Conference Motion     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Sun Feb 25, 2007 20:53 
 20   slow down, think a moment about the end result!it will b crap     deFy    Sun Feb 25, 2007 21:54 
 21   Certainly brings it home     Geraldine Moorkens Byrne    Tue Feb 27, 2007 15:26 
 22   Tara Day at NUI Maynooth     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue Feb 27, 2007 21:28 
 23   A Government on its knees !     Meehawl    Thu Mar 01, 2007 06:56 
 24   Tara Day at Maynooth     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:20 
 25   Bailíonn brobh beart     Duine    Thu Mar 01, 2007 13:43 
 26   M3 - actual construction work started?     Meehawl    Thu Mar 01, 2007 19:13 
 27   Trust the Greens, not on your life !     Smoke-filled Backroom Boy    Thu Mar 01, 2007 19:31 
 28   Green Party Food Tax ? Hungry Irish People ?     Meehawl    Thu Mar 01, 2007 20:58 
 29   Green Party Hunger and Cold for the Poor !     Smokefilled Backroom Boy    Thu Mar 01, 2007 21:44 
 30   Hate to say it but I told you so !     Meehawl    Fri Mar 02, 2007 14:13 
 31   Violating the sacred landscape of the Gabhra Valley     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue Mar 06, 2007 23:57 
 32   More violation     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Mar 07, 2007 00:01 
 33   More photos again     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Mar 07, 2007 00:05 
 34   And finally this time     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Mar 07, 2007 00:11 
 35   you have my permission     cruthin    Sun Apr 08, 2007 14:46 
 36   if thats the case?     tnc    Sun Apr 08, 2007 15:56 
 37   if thats the case?     tnc    Sun Apr 08, 2007 15:59 
 38   erinshire englands most westerly county     cruthin    Mon Apr 09, 2007 09:28 


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