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meath / history and heritage / news report Friday March 16, 2007 09:51 by Sickened   text 24 comments (last - sunday june 17, 2007 23:46)   image 21 images
In the last few days one of the most important newly discovered sites along the path of the M3 motorway was removed completely, and 'preserved' by record read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday March 12, 2007 14:55 by Joe   audio 1 audio file
“Although the years from 1917 to 1923 constitute one of the least neglected segments of labour’s chronology, syndicalism remains the most underestimated and misrepresented ideology ever associated with Irish trade unionism”

Audio from the 2nd Dublin anarchist bookfair of Emmet O'Connors talk and the discussion that followed it. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / news report Thursday March 01, 2007 18:52 by C Murray   text 2 comments (last - saturday march 03, 2007 18:43)   image 1 image
One of the activists from the Hill of Tara vigil camp has sent a message
to activists and people who are in solidarity with the desire of the campaign
to Save Tara to support the vigil:

A Legal challenge , today, failed to put a stop to the PPP, and the works
are to begin in earnest in 72 hours. There are possibly some options to challenge
the issue but a lot have been worn out , the vigil campaign is quite small and very
dedicated. They have asked for support in the form of tech for evidence, and solidarity
protests in the next couple of days. read full story / add a comment
in normal times we would never have read a child's diary.
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 27, 2007 05:50 by hogworts   text 4 comments (last - monday april 16, 2007 12:16)   image 5 images
Last summer solstice (June 24, 2006) in Pretzien a tiny village of Saxony-Anhalt (former DDR - east Germany) not too far from Berlin occurred an incident of burning books or "Bücherverbrennung" as it is said in the German language. 8 months later 7 individuals went to trial on Monday accused of "inciting racial hatred" and "disparaging the dead". The men ranging in age from 24 to 29 also burned a US flag. Local villagers called the police who did not recognise the burning of a diary by Anne Frank as being that worrying. The men face up to 5 years imprisonment and the training of police officers in the state has been improved to help them deal with the large scale emergence of neo-Nazi groups & far-right crime. They'll be better skilled in understanding the neo-Nazis who get a job working next to them or the historical stuff behind a Jewish kindergarten being burned last weekend in Berlin. They may even read Anne Frank. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / news report Tuesday February 20, 2007 11:34 by william   text 37 comments (last - tuesday february 27, 2007 10:08)   image 1 image

Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain has announced details of a joint ceremony before Ireland's crunch game against England in Croke Park on the 24th February.

The significance of the game is not lost on GAA followers and republicans who remember the infamous shooting of 14 players and supporters by the British Army on the 21st November 1921.
However according to GAA spokesman Ulick Magee a plan being devised by the GAA and the Northern Ireland office, will attempt to draw a line under the incident.

"We've spoken to the British government and they understand the significance of the event back in 1921. Back then 14 people were killed by British forces so in the spirit of the peace process and friendship we're proposing that we shoot 14 of their lot before the match. Then maybe have fireworks afterwards or something." Said Mr Magee.
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Train our revolutionary offspring !! for Peace now War is ended!! practise your scriabin!!
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 13, 2007 04:39 by iosaf   text 12 comments (last - wednesday may 09, 2007 22:27)   image 5 images
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at “democratic evolution” or looking back at "how history was made". We will assume dear & attentive reader that you are one of those who has passed directly from Saturday to almost Tuesday with the sort of crumpled Sunday Papers a person uses to mop up spilt things like milk. Maybe you didn’t absorb your interesting facts & didn’t want to absorb more Dangerous places. We all have a limit of absorption, like that point where credulity ends & credibility is lost. This edition I will consider the mystical progress from Tolstoy's "War & Peace" and his accompanying anarchist beliefs to the composer Scriabin & his experimental music & then his nephew a.k.a. Comrade Molotov, Soviet negotiator with Hitler & daddy of the "petrol bomb". read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / press release Tuesday January 09, 2007 00:23 by Campaigner
The Campaign to Save Tara is calling for an immediate halt to all construction works, an official investigation by the Environment and
Transport Committees, and the appointment of an independent mediator, in order to prevent an escalation of confrontations. read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / news report Monday January 01, 2007 00:14 by Save Tara Campaign   text 38 comments (last - thursday january 25, 2007 01:36)   image 11 images
The Save Tara Campaign is putting out a call for immediate assistance. Please come to the Tara Solidarity Vigil tomorrow morning, January 1st 2007. Illegal tree-felling is under way in the Tara/Skryne Valley, and concerned citizens are needed to assist with daily demonstrations, beginning early-morning. Please call 086-175-8557 or 087-132-3365

We had difficulty uploading images so please see http://www.tarawatch.org for images read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 20, 2006 01:56 by deselby   text 12 comments (last - thursday june 28, 2007 20:12)   image 2 images
In light of the Moriarty Tribunal report into payments made to Charles J. Haughey, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on the career and influence of one of the most controversial politicians - some would say the most controversial politian - that Ireland has ever seen. We now have a clearer, almost forensic, understanding of what Haughey gained from public office, but what about the balance to that? What did he give to the Irish people? What did he leave behind? What is his true legacy? read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / news report Monday December 11, 2006 13:05 by Secretary   text 11 comments (last - wednesday december 13, 2006 18:59)   image 2 images
Another very positive meeting of the Save Tara campaign was held on Sunday. Facilitating was an experienced community worker and facilitator from Galway, who has worked closely with the Zapatistas in Mexico and in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Friday November 24, 2006 22:04 by Martin Hogan   text 2 comments (last - tuesday december 12, 2006 15:20)   image 1 image
Why was the proposed M3 routed so close to the historic site of Tara when the government knew it would cause massive delays, controversy, additional costs and lengthy legal actions? Was it in the public interest? read full story / add a comment
offaly / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday November 18, 2006 21:21 by Solas Eile   text 13 comments (last - monday april 26, 2010 15:54)
In response to Mr. Muldowney's : The Pearsons and their Prosecutors ?? read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday October 31, 2006 01:42 by Brian   text 33 comments (last - thursday november 11, 2010 23:41)   image 7 images
I know many will probably not go along with the idea that Shakespeare was Irish :-) , but hopefully some of this 16th and 17th century Irish history might be of interest to indymedia readers. read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / press release Tuesday October 24, 2006 10:47 by admin   image 2 images
TaraWatch is pleased to announce that the Tara Lecture Series at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI) will commence on Saturday 28th October. read full story / add a comment
Hungarian youngsters danced on the remains of Stalin's statue. Only his big boots were left for a few weeks. That was really revolutionary.
international / history and heritage / news report Sunday October 22, 2006 22:12 by liszt   text 7 comments (last - tuesday october 24, 2006 21:11)   image 2 images
It is very curious that most of the key momentous changes of European History & thus the events we note as watersheds of our social development - were spontanous & un-planned or even the results of "accidents".

50 years ago today young people took to the streets of Hungary & kicked off a popular revolution. No-one really knew what they wanted & no-one really remembers if they had leaders & what their names were. It proved to be the event which confirmed that the Warsaw Pact states of Europe would have to follow the stalinist isolationist path laid out just a few years before in the former East German state & sectored Berlin. It is odd how the Hungarian revolution began, as odd as how the Berlin wall came down (the result of a mistakenly read statement at a press conference). The brutality shown them was the same brutality that kept half of our continent in bonds till only recently. read full story / add a comment
The choice of routes
national / history and heritage / news report Tuesday October 10, 2006 01:18 by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain   text 3 comments (last - saturday november 04, 2006 20:41)   image 7 images
The JMP construction company is appealing the application (turned down) for a demolition waste recycling facility to An Bord Pleanala. Submissions or observations required. The fee goes up now - €50 required. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Saturday October 07, 2006 11:34 by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne   text 22 comments (last - tuesday october 17, 2006 00:30)
new site http://www.tuathadedannan.org/ has been set up as a
nuetral resource centre to provide a space for groups to exchange
information, news, ask for volunteers or help and publicise events,
and for individuals looking for ways to get involved. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / news report Tuesday October 03, 2006 20:22 by Taramarch
Today, Vincent Salafia, long term campaigner against the motorway at Tara and Carrickmines, settled his case on Tara. The costs of the previous case have been waived in return. read full story / add a comment
tyrone / history and heritage / news report Monday October 02, 2006 23:05 by The Lark   text 8 comments (last - wednesday october 04, 2006 21:05)   image 5 images
West Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin organised a tour of Long Kesh Concentration Camp, last Friday 29th September. The tour was very emotive as the delegation visited the hospital wing where 10 Irish Republican Prisoners bravely give their life on Hungerstrike 25 years ago.

The Cages, and H4 were also visited.

All together 16 Young Republican activists attended the tour and witnessed at first hand Long Kesh, the site of so much tragedy and torture, yet also massive resilience and struggle.

We salute the Prisoners, the Blanketmen and the Hungerstrikers! read full story / add a comment
galway / history and heritage / news report Monday October 02, 2006 10:18 by Niall Harnett   text 7 comments (last - monday october 02, 2006 12:04)   image 39 images
Sat 30th September - Sunday 8th October 2006 ... and every year. read full story / add a comment
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