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photos from samhain event at Tara

category international | history and heritage | news report author Tuesday November 06, 2007 21:06author by madame k Report this post to the editors

A spark of inspiration from a Tara defender grew into beacon of hope by bringing together all campaign groups and individuals from here and abroad. Well done Carmel!

Photos courtesey of Sean Gilmartin
(The cops broke my camera)
bright spark
bright spark


me lady
me lady



what a great event,what a great nite,what agreat fire!
what a great event,what a great nite,what agreat fire!

author by ST PATRICKpublication date Tue Nov 06, 2007 21:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

it was a great night!

author by shiela na gigpublication date Tue Nov 06, 2007 21:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

yea but who was you one with the flamethrower?

author by Begrudgerpublication date Tue Nov 06, 2007 23:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm horrified to see the fire is lit directly on the ground - sacred site how are you but of course these new age "druid" types know it all don't they. The reports on the message boards about Tara that night are horrific. Get those hippies off the Hill - they are just attracting the wrong type and creating havoc.

author by brightsparkpublication date Wed Nov 07, 2007 05:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

theirs always one, well the next time you use loo roll think about your comments on sacred ground and fires , ohh ill even tempt you to dare see a sacred fire? mmmm well on holy land the sacred fire was on the ground, holy ones didnt have a mining industry to bring iron hearths, have a lovely day mr carbonfootprint begrudging moaner do good instead if not go to tara with some sizzors and give it a trim tara is love and love is learning

author by madame kpublication date Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The fire was lit directly on the ground -in a gravel pit that was established years ago and where many fires have been lit in previous years.

author by Carmelpublication date Wed Nov 07, 2007 18:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi all,

Thank you to those who took such lovely photos to share with us :)

Thank you to all who attended and gave their support and those who helped in any way. It was a wonderful two nights despite the best efforts of a yob group to destroy things on Wednesday. Luckily the rain kept them at bay on the Saturday and a truly Fabulous night of food and entertainment was enjoyed by all. Pipers, drummers, guitar players, poets , storytellers and other entertainers put on a fabulous show , the highlight for me being the Harp playing by Laoise Kelly.

On Wednesday, the first fire to be lit was at Tlachtga, Hill of Ward in Athboy. This event has been running there successfuly for several years now and this year, flames were taken from it to light the Beacon at Tara. At Tara their arrival was greeted by a Warrior Escort blowing horns to call the people to the Fire. Once gathered, the fire was lit following a short speech explaining the Historical, Cultural and Spiritual significance of the event . This was greeted with warm appreciation, great applause and great pride knowing that we were all standing together for Tara and linked to so many more across the country and around the world.

People were asked to add wood to the fire along with their wishes. We stayed chanting and singing with musicians until it was time for the 7 teams to come forward and light their candles from the flames which were growing ever higher , before setting out on their Sacred Pilgrimage to the 7 hills around Tara herself. The drumming and chanting continued around the fire as the teams set out on their mission.

Before long all 7 had signaled that their Beacons were lit and we watched them twinkling back at Tara. It truly was momentous. Beyond that, I have no words to explain how that felt. Amazing!


author by Con Connor - Ireland's Druidschoolpublication date Thu Nov 08, 2007 13:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done
the above image was sent to me and I send it on to all

Candle Lighting 31 Oct 07 Tlachtga
Candle Lighting 31 Oct 07 Tlachtga

author by Carmelpublication date Thu Nov 08, 2007 16:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks for sending that on :) This pic is of the first Beacon lit at Tlachtga on Wed 31st Oct and from which the flames were taken to Tara.


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