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Even the anarchists are going to vote No to Lison, many for the first time in their lives.
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday October 01, 2009 23:32 by o as if   text 1 comment (last - friday october 02, 2009 00:51)   image 6 images
All good children are now washed and asleep in their cots and ought have little idea how their parents & elders intend to vote tomorrow in Ireland's 2nd referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. Theirs is not the duty nor the concern to weigh local political and national debate with the long term consequences of a potential post-Lisbon European Union. For the most part they will have noticed the plethora of posters and the volume of bilge wash which the Irish voters have seen and been brought through since immediately after they voted No! in the first Lisbon referendum and which has continued unrelentlessly as a tsunami until this last evening of reflection.
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national / history and heritage / press release Thursday October 01, 2009 18:38 by TaraWatch   text 1 comment (last - friday october 02, 2009 13:36)   image 3 images
The Green Party has lost it's mandate to represent the people of Ireland, and in particular, the environmental movement in Ireland. The latest scandal involves Gormley's own promises as Minister, to strengthen legal protections for national monuments and landscapes. In 2007 he promised new legislation the following year. Then it was promised for 2009, and formally described as The National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2009. Last week we informed by the Taniste that the bill will now not be published until 2010, at least. This is a core Green Party issue, and there is simply no excuse for the delay, which is costing Ireland's heritage dearly because of the high destruction rate continuing under the Green watch. TaraWatch is calling on all environmental groups to protest at the Green Party Special Convention on Saturday 10 October at 9.00am. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / press release Monday August 31, 2009 13:59 by Bill Martin
Collins 22 Society launches revamped website enhanced resources include site-wide search, streaming media and a new emailing facility.New Website Launch Coincides with International Investment Fund For Collins Documentary read full story / add a comment
NRA image of Neolithic fishing trap
national / history and heritage / news report Saturday August 29, 2009 12:23 by TaraWatch   image 5 images
The Irish Times reported on Friday, August 28 2009 that a 9,000 year old fishing trap was found in the Hill of Tara landscape at Clowanstown, near Dunsany, during excavations by the National Roads Authority (NRA), along the path of the M3 motorway. Settlement remains of agricultural, industrial and ritual nature were discovered amongst five man-made mounds, beside an ancient lake. Stone axes, jewellery and even a tiny wooden canoe were unearthed. The finds show once again that the Tara landscape masks an underground world of Irish pre-history, which should have been either left alone, or excavated as part of a proper research study, rather than as part of an archaeological salvage operation. read full story / add a comment
Dec 9th 1971 - Medici in a civilian suit met Nixon & they plotted - but how much?
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday August 18, 2009 00:25 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - sunday august 23, 2009 02:07)   image 3 images
The US National Security Archive has in the last hours presented unto us its National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 282.”. There is both tension & worry in the two South American states with the largest and best equipped military forces, Chile & Brazil at the decision of Colombia to host 7 US bases as reaction to the decision by Ecuador not to renew the US lease on its “Manta base.
In the last week the 6th democratically elected president of Brazil, Lula called for a meeting with Obama to discuss the US bases and said "the climate of unease disturbs me". Indeed the Brazilian government had already refused US overtones to use its base at Recife. I really think a considered glimpse at these new declassified files might be of interest to readers As such this article on the 6th Brazilian military dictatorship figurehead and Nixon follows my text yesterday entitled “The new Latin American century, FARC, arms races, US bases & sundry fibs”. read full story / add a comment
The mural as it was..
cork / history and heritage / press release Saturday August 08, 2009 03:09 by Don't Airbrush our History!   text 12 comments (last - wednesday august 12, 2009 07:25)   image 2 images
Despite being hugely in debt, removing murals commemorating Cork’s history seems high on the agenda of those in City Hall.

That was the message clearly shown when Cork City Council recently removed tributes painted by Ógra Shinn Féin to the former TD and Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, and the Roll of Honour of Fianna Éireann, Chorcai.
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dublin / history and heritage / news report Thursday July 30, 2009 23:11 by Anti Fascist   text 12 comments (last - wednesday august 12, 2009 18:19)   image 1 image
Ógra Shinn Féin Dublin has condemned the attack on a statue commemorating Irish Patriot Seán Russell.

Unknown individuals painted Nazi flags on the base of the monument late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and also poured red paint over it.

The new bronze memorial to Seán Russell,a veteran of the Easter Rising and IRA chief of staff during the bombing campaign launched in London in 1939, stands in Fairview Park in Dublin and was only recently unveiled by the National Graves Association following the destruction of a previous memorial by vandals in 2004.
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Bray Beach with its original Blue Railings
wicklow / history and heritage / news report Wednesday July 29, 2009 17:28 by Alyson Burke and Wayne Tobin   text 13 comments (last - wednesday september 14, 2016 12:05)   image 4 images
We announce the Launch of a campaign of opposition to the so called "Riveria" apartments close to seaside area in Bray. We intend to maximise the number of objections against any development proposals and build a grassroots movement based on "people power". We are also opposed to further slot machines in the area which may lead to serious addiction problems and can be a source of trouble within families. We will strongly oppose any plans for development in the one scenic area of Bray left. Instead our campaign believes investment should be concentrated in the town centre. Some of our other aims include campaigning for the re-instatement of the Blue Flag for our Beach which we had in 1991. We also demand greater transparency and accountability in the planning process. read full story / add a comment
The Royal Demense of Tara, according to Dr Edel Bhreatnach
national / history and heritage / feature Thursday July 23, 2009 16:07 by TaraWatch   text 3 comments (last - friday july 31, 2009 09:24)   image 1 image
The Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, is currently conducting two separate public consultations, allegedly to protect Tara. There is the proposed Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area and the proposed Tara UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the Minister has not produced one single map showing the proposed areas, and has refused to answer Parliamentary Questions on the issue. read full story / add a comment
GORMLEY MUST GO (Thanks to Sean Gilmartin for photographs)
national / history and heritage / news report Thursday July 02, 2009 20:47 by TaraWatch   text 8 comments (last - sunday july 05, 2009 16:18)   image 3 images
A delegation of approximately 30 TaraWatch members met with Opposition TDs and Senators at the Kildare Street gates of the Dail on Wednesday, at 1.00 pm. read full story / add a comment
well it's not exactly guarding Stargate but they do have a job.
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 01, 2009 11:00 by iosaf   image 1 image
Europeans were mostly responsible for the museum industry as much as the grand symphonic orchestras, opera and zoos. They used these things at first not out of any wish to educate nor illuminate in the laudable manner of contemporary interpretative centres but to solve three important 19th century bourgois problems.

1) how to gainfully employ people who really smellt bad but are now represented as Indiano Jones.
2) how to reclaim supposedly civilised history from the church of Rome.
3) how to offer vandals like Lord Elgin bequest options and subsequent relief from death taxes. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / press release Tuesday June 30, 2009 11:35 by TaraWatch   image 1 image
TaraWatch will hold a demonstration outside Dail Eireann on Kildare St tomorrow at 1.00pm, and demand that the Government halt work on the M3 within the Hill of Tara landscape and proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the lawsuit being argued by the European Commission in the European Court of Justice against Ireland this week. read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / press release Monday June 29, 2009 19:57 by Le Chéile Saor[P.R.O]
Le Chéile Saor to attend Save Tara protest at Leinster House read full story / add a comment
Well she's neither a Polish nor a Chinese lass, is she?
national / history and heritage / press release Saturday June 27, 2009 14:18 by "Captain William Johnston"   text 2 comments (last - sunday june 28, 2009 20:45)   image 1 image
Although for many readers it might seem in poor taste to publish words from either the UVF or Red Hand Comando on this website- it may also be understood as serving an important archive role. The IRA issued its order to decommission and abandon arms on the 28th of July 2005.

However it has not been until today an arguably older militia tendency & organisation (if in name only on) our island, the UVF and a smaller but no less murderous group "the Red Hand Comando" issued an equivalent order to their membership.

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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday June 13, 2009 01:02 by Daniel James   text 7 comments (last - monday june 15, 2009 17:56)
Is a decline in the glorification of Irish heroes and the use of the Irish languge just a fad or a worrying, long-term trend on the part of the Gaelic Athletic Association? The disappointing latter may well be true. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Friday May 01, 2009 09:38 by Irelandseye
A cry for help by the Urban Explorers of Ireland read full story / add a comment
Lismullin Bridge as seen from Rath Lugh
international / history and heritage / news report Friday April 24, 2009 17:05 by Tara Tara Tara   text 6 comments (last - saturday april 25, 2009 10:49)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
Spelling it out -- of the protesters on Sunday (some of the 1916 leaders' descendants in front)
dublin / history and heritage / news report Friday April 24, 2009 15:22 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 8 comments (last - monday april 27, 2009 20:07)   image 2 images
Public hearing of appeal against property developers' plan for Moore Street has been going on all week. 500 people protested on Sunday in a symbolic Arms Around Moore Street event. Witness for the developers compares the deliberate destruction of the Reichstag as a fascist symbol with the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin after Bloody Sunday. read full story / add a comment
Map of Irish Royal Sites by Ireland’s History in Maps
international / history and heritage / press release Thursday April 23, 2009 18:02 by TaraWatch   image 1 image
TaraWatch is urging the Department of the Environment to partner with the Northern Ireland Government and submit a Transboundary Nomination for all 'Royal Irish Sites', rather than just those sites in the South, currently being proposed. read full story / add a comment
One of the many protesters at todays event in Moore Street
dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday April 20, 2009 00:15 by Pat   text 1 comment (last - monday april 20, 2009 01:29)   image 6 images
A good turn out for todays protest in Moore Street, Full story to follow later. Enjoy some Photos for now. read full story / add a comment
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