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category international | environment | press release author Monday July 21, 2008 15:14author by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain Report this post to the editors

Tara campaigners support a petition

Tara Campaigners worldwide are supporting a petition to the Irish Government calling on them to re-inter the remains of individuals whose graves have been desecrated by the ongoing construction of the M3 Motorway in the Gabhra Valley near the historic Hill of Tara in Co. Meath. The petition went live on Saturday 19th July.
Graves at Collierstown
Graves at Collierstown

Campaigners demand that the ancient remains be reburied in a dignified manner and as closely as possible to the ceremonial layout of the original graveyards. It is estimated that over 60 bodies were disturbed and removed from the Collierstown site and over 27 from Ardsallagh to make way for the double-tolled M3 Motorway. Over the last 15 years of the Celtic Tiger, thousands of bodies have been removed from the earth and stored in warehouses.

The Gabhra Valley is the putative site of the last battle of the Fianna in 284 A.D. and they were said to be buried where they fell along with Cairpre Lifechair king of Tara son of Cormac mac Airt.

The current campaign to have the bodies reburied has been given added impetus by the backing received from the recent World Archaeological Congress held
in Dublin who said as part of their press release (July 11th 08):

" Recognising that the reburial of ancient remains in Ireland is subject to the provisions of the National Monuments Act and the agreement of the National Museum of Ireland, the World Archaeological Congress also draws attention to the Vermillion Accord on human remains and suggests that any human remains excavated from the cultural landscape of Tara should be re-interred with due respect as close as possible to their original locations, as this is where these people would have wished to be buried".

This was the first World Archaeological Congress to be held in Ireland. It was attended by over 1,800 archaeologists, native peoples and international scholars from 74 nations.

The organisers of the petition, Tomás Mac Cormaic and Carmel Diviney said:
‘We hope that this petition is the beginning of a debate on the ethics of this archaeological ‘resolution’ of our ancestors, the indigenous people of Ireland. This debate and respect for our own indigenous people, ourselves, is long overdue and that this puts added pressure on the Irish Govt to re-inter the Bodies’.

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Empty     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Mon Jul 21, 2008 15:16 
   Collierstown and Ardsallagh     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Jul 21, 2008 17:20 
   Searching     John Farrelly    Mon Jul 21, 2008 17:39 
   Shocking     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Jul 21, 2008 17:52 
   More pics     A Friend of Tara    Mon Jul 21, 2008 19:02 
   Help the campaign     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Mon Jul 21, 2008 22:11 
   From WAC Website     Tara Tara Tara    Tue Jul 22, 2008 13:24 
   Pics     Muddaearth    Tue Jul 22, 2008 14:02 
   Ardsallagh and Collierstown     Tara Tara Tara    Tue Jul 22, 2008 14:43 
 10   Typical I suppose of the government     Mark C    Tue Jul 22, 2008 15:23 
 11   Re-inter the ancesteral remain from Tara Valley to Tara Hill     Con Connor    Tue Jul 22, 2008 17:39 
 12   Reburial     A Friend of Tara    Tue Jul 22, 2008 20:40 
 13   Ethics     Carmel Diviney    Wed Jul 23, 2008 08:46 
 14   Reburials     A Friend of Tara    Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:13 
 15   Question     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:45 
 16   Closer to 200     Siobhan Rice    Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:45 
 17   Graves and clarification     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:53 
 18   Burials     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 23, 2008 13:13 
 19   Telltown     JF    Thu Jul 24, 2008 14:18 
 20   Article 12     Tara Tara Tara    Thu Jul 24, 2008 14:40 
 21   The effect of this?     Pragmatist    Fri Jul 25, 2008 01:06 
 22   Main Aims     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Jul 25, 2008 09:05 
 23   TaraWatch strategy and plans     Vincent Salafia    Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:24 
 24   Sacred Sites and reburial     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Jul 25, 2008 14:15 
 25   Reburial of human remains (rules)     A Friend of Tara    Fri Jul 25, 2008 15:15 
 26   Sacred Sites     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Jul 25, 2008 18:50 
 27   Ardsallagh     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Jul 26, 2008 22:19 
 28   Lismullin     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 30, 2008 09:52 
 29   Apology     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 30, 2008 09:57 
 30   More     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:03 
 31   My Musings     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:50 
 32   Musical Interlude     Muddaearth    Wed Jul 30, 2008 13:42 
 33   More articles     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Jul 30, 2008 13:58 

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