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International - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970

Second Birthday of the Tara Solidarity Vigil fire

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Thursday June 19, 2008 12:22author by luckyC Report this post to the editors

Come one come all to celebrate the second birthday of the Tara Solidarity Vigil fire !

17th June 2008.

Calling all friends of Tara , the Vigil Fire is now safely burning at Belpere Farm, next to Rath Maeve on the Hill of Tara.
The Tipi and kitchen are up and the communal bender is nearly done.
Help is needed to prepare and build for the Summer Solstice over the next few days.
The space looks great and the potential is ‘hugemongus’.

Come one come all, to celebrate the second birthday of the Vigil Fire this weekend by taking part in a mass Art collaboration,
record the valley ‘one moment in time’ at the Summer Solstice June 20th-23rd 2008.
Aligning with the Celtic calendar and our second anniversary in Solidarity.

If you are familiar with the area start from the car park on top of the hill and head down past the Holy Well.
After the sign for Rath Maeve Belpere farm is on the right with a stone wall with steps in it and an orange
dream catcher hanging over head.
If you are coming by bus get the 109 to Navan , get off at Tara Post office or Ross Cross ,
head in a westerly direction up the hill and take the first right hand turn at the first cross roads.
This way Belpere Farm will be on the left.. Again look for the steps in the wall.
To lend your support and join in just buzz the Vigil on 0861758557.
Map of our location included.
Beir bua agus solas.
Nil neart go cur le cheile.
The ‘vig’

author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Fri Jun 20, 2008 19:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Firstly, Happy Birthday to the Vigil and a Happy Summer Solstice to all :)

Reports in from walkers on the Hill of Tara are that Gardai have been staged at the car park gate all day. Currently MD Security are taking over to do the night shift!!!!

It would seem that the Gardai and hired Security are working hand in hand yet again.

A lone woman activist is being intimidated by MD Security as I write.

Is this presence an effort to avoid the alcohol related trouble of last years festival? There are no such plans to re stage any such event for precisely the same reason.

But MD Security!!!! Get the video cameras ready.

author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Fri Jun 20, 2008 19:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It would appear that our walkers on the Hill got it slightly wrong. The presence at the gate has been OPW not Gardai but it is correct to say that MD Security are there and included in their numbers are some well known bully boy faces as well as some new ones.

I spoke to the lone female activist mentioned in the mail above just now and she says that she is being verbally antagonised for practising her Spiritual beliefs by MD Security who are being paid for their beliefs in lots of zero zeros in overtime.

Call out for lots of cameras over the weekend.

Enjoy the Solstice safely

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author by anita gregpublication date Fri Jun 20, 2008 20:43author email anitagreg at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

poster - drawn by ....Hugh ....?

poster for 2nd birthday of Vigil
poster for 2nd birthday of Vigil

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author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Sat Jun 21, 2008 21:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The sunrise was beautiful this morning, the skies pink and red at the break of dawn as Harpist Laoise Kelly and a small group of people greeted the Solstice Sunrise to the sounds of her harp play. It was magical .

It was short lived however as the presence of flourescent jacketed men patrolling the hill marred the atmosphere and put a dampener on the celebrations. There was tension in the air at the sight of them.

But where were they when a group of 4 teenagers on a giant quad bike rampaged up and down the Banqueting Hall??? I kid you not. Complaints to the OPW please! This disgusting display of vandalism was allowed to go unchecked while peaceable people were being refused entry to the Hill to practise their Spiritual beliefs or to simply enjoy the experience of the Summer Solstice sunrise -at the whim of the paid Security. Gardai Were there too- several of them.

Down the road at the new Vigil camp tents were slashed during the night and cameras stolen. This intimidation tactic is nothing new. But I bet it wasnt allowed to spoil the occasion for long, their spirit is far too strong for that.

PS: Anyone got any pics?

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author by AKA-47publication date Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm not trying to make excuses for the security and the gardaí on the Hill - but perhaps they were there to ensure that there was not a re-run of last year?
it is disgraceful that the OPW are preventing particular individuals from going to the Hill and the story about the quad bikes is a downright scandal - I'd like to support the call to write to the OPW.
For interest - an account of a recent visit to the Hill

Also see the extent of the work here

author by Tim Crowleypublication date Sun Jun 22, 2008 16:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think that AKA-47 ought to be told that I too was on the Hill Of Tara from first light right through until 8 o'clock in the morning.

Standing on the Mound of the Hostages among a small group of people.

I would love to know where Tara Tara Tara was because I nether heard nor saw any Harp player or quad ?

Would this be another bit of Tarawatch fiction Tara Tara Tara or
a drunk vision?

My thanks though to Maguire's Coffee Shop for opening early and providing me with a delicious breakfast - at a cost!

author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Sun Jun 22, 2008 19:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hello Tim,

Laoise Kelly was playing the harp at the Banqueting Hall- the end nearest the Church. The quad bike entered from the far end at 4.55am exactly. Just because you didnt see it dosnt mean it didnt happen. Sorry you missed the beautiful music. Laoise has pics of the sunrise and of the Gardai and security at the gate on her my space page, link below. Enjoy.

Ps: I am not part of Tarawatch fyi.

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author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Sun Jun 22, 2008 19:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Pics courtesy of Laoise Kelly.

Gardai and MD Security
Gardai and MD Security

Sunrise 1
Sunrise 1

Sunrise 2
Sunrise 2

Sunrise 3
Sunrise 3

author by Thegreenspiritpublication date Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tara at the Solstice.
I went to Tara for the Summer Solstice as I have done for many of the last thirty five years but this time it was ringed by security men. They were of many nationalities but I do not hold it against them, they were simple workers who were put under orders by people far away and not there. People with tents, people with bags, musical instruments, tourists etc were refused admission and so had to leave. It was not what they came for. This was at six o clock, others got in no bother later I believe, but still it was a scary to see this happen.
For the first time in five Milena many people were locked out of, and refused entry to Tara on the Solstice, for them one of the most sacred evenings of the year.
I believe that Tara is now being prepared and moved from a place of spiritual and mystical importance to becoming a tourist site with all that entails. This has happened to the Garden of Remembrance despite a lonely campaign against it and it is happening now at Tara too. The next step will be the hotel I have warned against, as is planned, and then perhaps a fee at the gate.
Ancient festivals will become history.

author by M. Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

To be found here

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author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchainpublication date Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Link to photos of what were sites
Dates should be 22 June. Sorry

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