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category international | miscellaneous | news report author Saturday September 15, 2007 00:09author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tara Report this post to the editors

Stuart Townsend at Hill of Tara 23rd September

The Campaign to Save Tara would like to officially announce that John Quigley, an internationally renowned aerial artist, as well as Stuart Townsend will be creating a piece of human aerial art on the Hill of Tara on Sunday 23rd September.
A poster for Harp event in America
A poster for Harp event in America

People wanted to help create an aerial art event at Tara on that day - meeting at 3pm in the car park.
Wear white
Bring rain gear to sit on.
Join us in creating a striking human aerial image to tell the world about the destruction of the Gabhra Valley.
Photo will be created by internationally renowned aerial artist John Quigley.

We need between 500-1000 people to spell out the words SAVE TARA VALLEY and the outline of a harp on the hill.
To see John Quigley's work visit his website: http://www.spectralq.com/

To give you some background - the first suggestion of this event arose in March of this year when Stuart approached me. Then John Quigley and himself came back with a firmer suggestion in August.
The original date was to be the 22nd Sept but that clashed with the Harpists event that is taking shape at present and spreading to America. We tried to change the date to 29th Sept but there were flight complications for those involved.
A number of phone conversations took place between the co-ordinator of CST and John Quigley over the past week. Then we had a phone conferencing call last night with Stuart John and myself and filled the co-ordinator in on the result.
We had a meeting tonight to iron out the details.
We will need about 30 volunteers to help shape the people into letters as well.
A press release will go out in the next few days.

We would also like to draw attention to the Harpists event at the Dail on Saturday 22nd September - this is their press release.
On Saturday 22nd September 2007 at 3 p.m. the harpers of Ireland will gather at Dáil Éireann to demonstrate publicly the strength of their opposition to the destruction of historic cultural sites at the Tara/Skryne Valley as a result of the current route of the M3 motorway. The harpers will assemble with their harps along Kildare Street, and will submit a petition to Minister John Gormley insisting he implement alternatives to the continued destruction which is taking place.
Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. This indicates the primacy of the harp in Irish culture. The sites currently under threat are inextricably linked with the harping and bardic traditions for more than 2,500 years.
Tara was the gathering place for thousands of harpers to 142 kings, and the harp was an integral part of the ancient Irish parliament at Tara. The harp has been used in the coat of arms of Ireland since 1270 and is the symbol of the Irish State today. It is found in the seals of the President, Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Government Ministers, on State currency and is the insignia of the Irish Law Courts.
It is an outrage that the Irish people should be forced to choose between infrastructure and heritage. As a country we are embarrassed internationally by profit-driven, shortsighted planning as exemplified by the fact that World Monument Fund has placed Tara on its list of 100 most endangered sites worldwide.
Many can rightly point out that it would be an archaeological loss, and a historical one. It is also a spiritual loss, since even before the conversion by St Patrick of Ireland’s High Kings it was a place where the Irish sought to express their spirituality. And significantly for us as a nation, it was the place of birth of Christianity in Ireland. The gathering of harpers says that it is also a musical and cultural loss and asserts that the sound of Tara’s harp will not be drowned by traffic jams and the cash registers of toll plazas.
Further information from www.myspace.com/TaraHarpers
Laoise Kelly Tel. 086 2603405 or laoise.kelly@face.ie
Anne-Marie O’Farrell 01-2966222 or 087-2348964 or amofharp@iol.ie
www.myspace.com/TaraHarpers)

Sat 22nd Sep 2007:
New York Tara demo is at 11am Consulate General of Ireland 345 Park Avenue between 51st and 52nd (Susan McKeown 2122602302 sumckeown@yahoo.com – www.myspace.com/TaraHarpersNY)
LA Tara demo is at 2.30-5.30pm Martin Luther King Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA (Karin Wilson (310) 828-3873 kw@cmh2.com)
Chicago Tara demo is at 12 Noon-2pm Irish Embassy, Wrigley Building, 400 N.Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River (Richard Wallace 312-855-1300 ricoworld@ameritech.net – www.myspace.com/32fields)
Dublin Harpers for Tara demo at 3pm Dáil Éireann Kildare st.

Related Link: http://www.spectralq.com/
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tarapublication date Sat Sep 15, 2007 00:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We would also invite and encourage musicians, poets etc to attend.
This is intended as a family event, enjoy an afternoon on Tara with your family and help draw attention to the plight of Tara's Gabhra Valley.

PDF Document Another poster for harpists 0.6 Mb


Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Sat Sep 15, 2007 00:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

as it will show up so clearly on the green grass of Tara.

Example of J. Quigley's work
Example of J. Quigley's work

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tara publication date Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Campaign to Save Tara is pleased to help the organisers by issuing a
press release on the following events. Contacts are within the email.

On Saturday 22nd September 2007 at 3 p.m. the harpers of Ireland will
gather at Dáil Éireann to demonstrate publicly the strength of their
opposition to the destruction of historic cultural sites at the
Tara/Skryne Valley as a result of the current route of the M3 motorway.
The harpers will assemble with their harps along Kildare Street, and
will submit a petition to Minister John Gormley insisting he implement
alternatives to the continued destruction which is taking place.
Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its
national emblem. This indicates the primacy of the harp in Irish
culture. The sites currently under threat are inextricably linked with
the harping and bardic traditions for more than 2,500 years.
Tara was the gathering place for thousands of harpers to 142 kings, and
the harp was an integral part of the ancient Irish parliament at Tara.
The harp has been used in the coat of arms of Ireland since 1270 and is
the symbol of the Irish State today. It is found in the seals of the
President, Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Government Ministers, on State currency
and is the insignia of the Irish Law Courts.
It is an outrage that the Irish people should be forced to choose
between infrastructure and heritage. As a country we are embarrassed
internationally by profit-driven, shortsighted planning as exemplified
by the fact that World Monument Fund has placed Tara on its list of 100
most endangered sites worldwide.
Many can rightly point out that it would be an archaeological loss, and
a historical one. It is also a spiritual loss, since even before the
conversion by St Patrick of Ireland’s High Kings it was a place where
the Irish sought to express their spirituality. And significantly for us
as a nation, it was the place of birth of Christianity in Ireland. The
gathering of harpers says that it is also a musical and cultural loss
and asserts that the sound of Tara’s harp will not be drowned by traffic
jams and the cash registers of toll plazas.
Further information from www.myspace.com/TaraHarpers
Laoise Kelly Tel. 086 2603405 or laoise.kelly@face.ie
Anne-Marie O’Farrell 01-2966222 or 087-2348964 or amofharp@iol.ie
www.myspace.com/TaraHarpers

New York
In America on the same day - Sat 22nd Sep 2007 there will a similar Tara
demonstration at 11am Consulate General of Ireland 345 Park Avenue
between 51st and 52nd. Contact savetarany@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/TaraHarpersNY
The poet Paul Muldoon has agreed to speak at the NY event.

Los Angeles
This demonstration will take place at 2.30-5.30pm Martin Luther King
Auditorium, Santa Monica.
See details at : www.cmh2.com/savetara-la . For more info Contact Karin
Wilson, event coordination email: kw@cmh2.com

Chicago
Chicago Tara demo is at 12 Noon-2pm Irish Embassy, Wrigley Building, 400
N.Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River (Richard Wallace 312-855-1300
ricoworld@ameritech.net – www.myspace.com/32fields

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by Carmel Ni Dhuibheanaigh - Hibernian Order of Druidspublication date Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

How wonderful! These two events promise to be spectacular in calling attention to what is happening at Tara. We are very honoured to have such talented people highlighting Tara and it's plight. I think it worked out really well that both events will occur in the same weekend! A Tara Weekend! This should generate great publicity. Huge THANK YOU to all involved, wonderful!

Blessings,
Carmel

author by Con Connoir - Ireland's Druidschoolpublication date Mon Sep 17, 2007 18:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi all,
I'll ntework this as much as I can and I'll be there in a cream coloured linen leine
Save Tara Valley and begin to stop government corruption - respect our heritage.
The Meath Heritage Plan is sustainable and solves the transport 'problem' - see link below
Grá
Con
http://www.druidschool.com

Related Link: http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/923664
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tara publication date Mon Sep 17, 2007 22:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Please circulate as widely as possible.

PRESS RELEASE – CAMPAIGN TO SAVE TARA

TARA EQUINOX AERIAL EVENT

John Quigley, an internationally renowned aerial artist will create a piece of human aerial art on the Hill of Tara on Sunday 23rd September. His good friend, Dublin-born Hollywood actor Stuart Townsend, will also take part.

People are required to help create this aerial art event at Tara and those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the car park at 3pm. Participants are requested to wear white or a very light colour to contrast with the green grass. It is advisable to bring rain gear to sit or lie on. Between 500-1000 people are needed to spell out the words SAVE TARA VALLEY and also the outline of a harp on the hill. The public are asked to leave the Hill as they find it: “Take nothing but memories - leave nothing but footprints”

John Quigley is internationally renowned for his environmental messages and images spelt out by human bodies and photographed from the air. The Sunday Times said: ‘Political protest has come a long way from banners and megaphones. These days if people have a message for the world, they form huge patterns that can be seen from the air – using human beings.’

Among his striking images are SOS spelt by 35 people on an iceberg in Antarctica to bring attention to rising sea levels. Another photograph shows 600 people beside London’s Eye spelling out STOP CLIMATE CHAOS.

Join us in creating a striking human aerial image to tell the world about the destruction of the Gabhra Valley (the valley of the white mare). The event is also designed to draw attention to Tara as part of the shared heritage of Ireland, encompassing both North and South.

Seamus Heaney commented recently: ‘It could be said that the Campaign to Save Tara is putting its case ‘in the name of the dead generations’: for the past two millennia those generations regarded Tara as a place invested with sacred as opposed to secular value. Protest against the loss of this value remains an imperative.’

Colum McCann said in the LA Times: ‘But we bury the past only if we're ashamed of it. We have a responsibility to heritage, environment and, indeed, imagination. Yet most meaningful Irish debates these days seem to take place only in the
realm of time and money.’

The building of a twice-tolled, 4-lane motorway when the world faces huge climate change and Ireland has a massive rise in CO2 emissions seems senseless. The chosen route is designed to attract maximum traffic. A huge interchange is included within 1 mile of the top of the Hill of Tara and 10 bridges are planned for the Gabhra Valley between Navan and Dunshaughlin.

M. Ní Bhrolcháin from the Campaign to Save Tara said: ‘We are delighted to welcome John Quigley to Tara to create this image. The EU petitions committee report this week shows Ireland’s scant regard for European laws and directives. We welcome their criticism of the route, the interchange and the fact that rail was not considered. We call on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Transport to stop construction in the Valley until the legalities of the route are dealt with in the European Court of Justice.’

To see John Quigley's work visit his website: http://www.spectralq.com/

author by Roestownpublication date Mon Sep 17, 2007 23:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Action planned in Rath Lugh area at Tara tomorrow from 7am. Witnesses and press requested.
Ring 086-8459279 or 086-1758557

Related Link: http://tarapixie.net
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tara publication date Thu Sep 20, 2007 14:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

PRESS RELEASE – CAMPAIGN TO SAVE TARA
Tara celebration equinox weekend – Harpers of Ireland at Dáil/
Form a giant harp on Tara with Stuart Townsend and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

The people of Ireland have two opportunities to protest for Tara’s landscape in a peaceful, productive and pleasant way this weekend.
On Saturday 22nd September 2007 at 3 p.m. harpers of Ireland will gather at Dáil Éireann to demonstrate publicly the strength of their opposition to the current destruction of historic, cultural sites at the Tara/Skryne Valley. The harpers will assemble with their harps along Kildare Street and call on the government to implement alternatives to the continued destruction that is taking place.
The speakers include Kathy Sinnott MEP, actor Stuart Townsend, Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains, campaigner Dr Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, harper Anne-Marie O’Farrell and introduced by Laoise Kelly harper. Massed harpers will perform The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Halls along with other harp pieces to include Brian Boru’s March, An Ghaoth Aneas, and Carolan’s Concerto. Petitions will be available for signing and will be submitted to Minister for the environment John Gormley the following Monday.

On Sunday 23rd September hundreds of people will gather at the Hill of Tara to celebrate our shared heritage and create the world’s first GIANT HUMAN HARP.
People are asked to gather from 1.30pm to form the harp and the message SAVE TARA VALLEY. This event will be directed by the internationally renowned Aerial artist John Quigley and will include Irish-born film stars Stuart Townsend and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The image will be photographed from an aircraft. Participants are asked to wear white clothing and to bring rain gear. Mr. Quigley has created similar human 'aerial art' images all over the world including the Artic, the Amazon rain forest and Antarctica where 35 people spelt out SOS. The public are asked to leave the Hill as they find it: “Take nothing but memories - leave nothing but footprints.”
To see images visit http://www.spectralq.com/

Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. This indicates the primacy of the harp in Irish culture. The sites currently under threat are inextricably linked with the harping and bardic traditions for more than 2,500 years. The harp has been used in the coat of arms of Ireland since 1270 and is the symbol of the Irish State today. It is found in the seals of the President, Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Government Ministers, on State currency and is the insignia of the Irish Law Courts.
It is an outrage that the Irish people should be forced to choose between infrastructure and heritage. As a country we are embarrassed internationally by profit-driven, shortsighted planning as exemplified by the fact that the World Monument Fund has placed Tara on its list of 100 most endangered sites worldwide.
This would not only be an archaeological and historical loss but it is also a spiritual loss - before the conversion by St Patrick of Ireland’s High Kings it was a place where the Irish sought to express their spirituality. And significantly for us as a nation, it was the place of birth of Christianity in Ireland.
The gathering of harpers says that it is also a musical and cultural loss and asserts that the sound of Tara’s harp will not be drowned by traffic jams and the cash registers of toll plazas.
On Saturday 22nd September there will a similar Tara demonstration at 11am at the Consulate General of Ireland 345 Park Avenue between 51st and 52nd, New York. The internationally renowned poet, Paul Muldoon, will speak.
Contact Susan McKeown savetarany@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/TaraHarpersNY
Another demonstration will take place at 2.30-5.30pm Martin Luther King Auditorium, Santa Monica.
See details at : www.cmh2.com/savetara-la . For more info Contact Karin Wilson, event coordination email: kw@cmh2.com

Further information on Harper event from www.myspace.com/TaraHarpers
Laoise Kelly Tel. 086 2603405 or laoise.kelly@face.ie
Anne-Marie O’Farrell 01-2966222 or 087-2348964 or amofharp@iol.ie

For information on the Aerial Art Kevin Hayes: 086-2504564
Joanne Corbett 086-6030389
Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin 087-9249510

PDF Document Poster 0.04 Mb


Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tara publication date Thu Sep 20, 2007 14:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That J. Quigley image again.

John Quigley's work
John Quigley's work

author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tarapublication date Sat Sep 22, 2007 23:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What a wonderful event today was and congratulations to the organisers Laoise and Ann Marie. They got the harpers there with all sizes of harps. It was magical to hear the music outside the Dáil - I hope it reverberates around the world. They got the crowds there but even more importantly, they got more media than I have ever seen at a Save Tara event.
Steve Cooney, writer of the song Money mad mile, acted as sound man for the event. Padraigín Ní Uallacháin the singer was present as well as many long time supporters of the campaign. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you all for coming out and now please come to the Hill herself tomorrow to form the Human Harp and the message SAVE TARA VALLEY.

Laoise Kelly co-organiser interviewed
Laoise Kelly co-organiser interviewed

Laoise introducing the speakers
Laoise introducing the speakers

Laoise and Ann Marie co-organisers
Laoise and Ann Marie co-organisers

Laoise Kelly co-organiser
Laoise Kelly co-organiser

Steve Cooney soundman for the event
Steve Cooney soundman for the event

Related Link: http://www.savetaravalley.com
author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tarapublication date Sat Sep 22, 2007 23:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The pictures say it all - the harpers just kept arriving!
The speakers included M. Ní Bhrolcháin (yes myself!)

Harpers playing 22 Sept 07
Harpers playing 22 Sept 07

Harpers playing to the media
Harpers playing to the media

Lots of harpers 22 Sept 07
Lots of harpers 22 Sept 07

Surrounded by harpers
Surrounded by harpers

Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin speaking at the event
Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin speaking at the event

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by M. Ni Bhrolchain - Campaign to Save Tarapublication date Sat Sep 22, 2007 23:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It was just wonderful to have the legendary Paddy Maloney present to speak and to play - not the harp - but that was allowed. He is Paddy Maloney after all! He spoke of people asking him world wide what was going on in Ireland and what was the Government at?
He was followed by independent MEP Kathy Sinnott who spoke of the illegality of the work that is going on. As you all know the EU have said that Ireland will probably appear in the European Court of Justice.
The Green Man reminded us by his presence of the the environmental aspects of this disastrous project.

The Green Man was there
The Green Man was there

Muireann speaking
Muireann speaking

Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains speaking
Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains speaking

Paddy Maloney playing the tin whistle for us
Paddy Maloney playing the tin whistle for us

Kathy Sinnott speaking
Kathy Sinnott speaking

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by M. Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Sat Sep 22, 2007 23:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just as Laoise was going to wind up, John Quigley and Stuart Townsend were spotted. Stuart had not really planned on speaking but he did, passionately as usual, and he plugged the Meath Master Plan. The creators were listening, Brian Guckian and Tadhg Crowley who presented their plan in Meath on Thursday night. They also presented it in Dublin at the end of August.
The media buzz was palpable as Stuart appeared - he was grabbed by media all over the place, beseiged by autograph hunters and admirers all around. He dealt with all this with his usual calm approach.
The Money Mad Mile was played over the PA afterwards.
There were 3 independent film crews there and they will also help out tomorrow. Thanks guys.
People did not want to leave, they hung around for ages afterwards, chatting, hoping.
Another peak in the campaign to save Tara.
Then we repaired to Buswells for a well earned meal and planned for the next big event tomorrow.
And to think that I said to Stuart when he first mooted the aerial event in March that the whole thing would be over!
Its only starting globally!
Waiting to hear and see footage of the American event.
Don't forget - Tara tomorrow. 1.30-3.30pm. We have white boiler suits.
Fingers crossed for good weather,

Congratulations to Vincent and TaraWatch - the statement from the WMF is so strong. Coming on the same day as the harpers - headline news on RTÉ all day. Well done.

Close up of the Green Man
Close up of the Green Man

Stuart Townsend at the Dáil
Stuart Townsend at the Dáil

Stuart speaking at the Dáil
Stuart speaking at the Dáil

Stuart being interviewed at the Dáil
Stuart being interviewed at the Dáil

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by atomisedpublication date Sun Sep 23, 2007 00:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

that the trick was to get a large crowd to tara and call criminals what they are

author by cacophonistpublication date Sun Sep 23, 2007 18:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm sure Sidonie Goossens would have been proud that in instrument which was almost forgotten has now found not only so many skilled practioners but that they are working to save our heritage.
Little link of harpist interest to the obituary of Sidonie Goossens from the archive http://www.indymedia.ie/article/67963

author by A Friend of Tarapublication date Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done to all the organizers and participants of the event. Some of th colourful characters currently encamped on the Hill added a special flair to the event. Seno portraying the Green Man, Taurus as usually being himself and Tara Cannon once again successfully slipping in to the role of the Poison Dwarf. Well done to all of you.

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Mon Sep 24, 2007 13:06author email sylfredcar at iolfree dot ieauthor address author phone 087.2178138Report this post to the editors

Great to see things turned out so well at Tara! I wasn't able to go there but I attended the harpers' gathering in Dublin on Saturday - see also the post under Comment: 'Images from Love Tara 2'. What this event, and the otehrs that linked with it, signifies, is the desire of many of our artists to come together to save a national heritage spot. I would ask that Aosdána and the Irish Writers' Union be approached and asked to do the same thing; to make a gesture, by letter or statement to the press. It is the duty of poets to protest against such outrages as the one the Government would perpetrate at Tara. The powers-that-be got away with it 'way back when Wood Quay was the issue in Dublin. It should not happen again.

Paddy Maloney whistling for Tara at the Dublin gathering of harpers - photo Fred Johnston
Paddy Maloney whistling for Tara at the Dublin gathering of harpers - photo Fred Johnston

author by M. Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Fri Nov 02, 2007 08:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There is a new short film here on Tara and an interpretation of the decorations on the stone in the Mound of the Hostages.

http://www.globalartscollective.org/acf/about.htm
Just click on the link to the film on the site.

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com
author by KOMpublication date Fri Nov 02, 2007 09:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Video: Tara: Voices From Our Past

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.indiv...95848

New Video - Tara: Voices From Our Past
New Video - Tara: Voices From Our Past

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