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So, if anyone is going, as I say, do let us know so we can meet up with you - or look out for me at least, I shall [most likely] be the only one in my shaman white robe with swan feathers - I would like to present the Irish Embassador with a Swan feather, to remind him of the sacred loyalty and faith he should be encouraging his government to show on behalf of his ancestors, mine too for I have Irish ancestory on my mother's side - swan: loyalty, bravery, strength of purpose and integrity and in this instance, to use his instinctive intuition to know what is the right course of action.
From the Tara Watch website, great news recently that the World Monument Fund agreed to take on Tara as a monument in peril, and members of the New York based Fund, whose representatives were met in London by Andred, Dazem and others of TaraWatch, are going or have gone to visit Tara. Also, we have been writing to our MEPs to complain as there is a European Directive to protect such historical and sacred places. My own MEP Giles Chichester has written back to me that he is monitoring the questions laid in from of the EU Commission by himself and other MEPs on our behalf - quote from Tara Watch website:
Tara ‘crisis’ gets international recognition
The Hill of Tara was recognised last week as an endangered site due to government proposals to route the M3 motorway around it
10 June 2007
FOR the tireless campaigners at the Hill of Tara, it’s been a week of ups and downs. Last Wednesday, it was announced that the World Monuments Fund (WMF) has included the heritage site in its watch list of 100 most endangered sites.
“It’s fantastic news for us,”said Salafia, head of the TaraWatch campaign. “It shows the world and the rest of the country that we’re not just a bunch of cranks and that this is an internationally-recognised crisis.”
Unfortunately, on this sunny Saturday morning, it is looking as if the Green Party may not re-enter talks with Fianna Fail and the Green Party is very important to the Hill of Tara campaign.
As the group of campaigners gather at the visitors’ centre, they take a long look at the rolling green hills of Tara, where the last battle of the Fianna took place in 3500 BC.
“It’s inredible to think that anyone could even consider putting a big floodlit motorway down there,” said Laura Grealish. “We’re disappointed about the Green Party talks breaking down but Labour also said they would re-route the motorway so we can still hope.”
That hope became stronger with the news that the Hill of Tara is now an internationally recognised endangered site due to Government proposals to pu the M3 motorway close to it.
The WMF has also helped save about 450 irreplaceable sites around the world, including the vast temples of Angkor, Cambodia, and the historic centre of Mexico City. The New-York-based group has a 75% success rate but already it has expressed concern that Tara may prove to be beyond even its influence.
“The president of the organisation has said that Tara will be their biggest advocacy challenge yet,” said Salafia. It makes no difference that minister for transport Martin Cullen is pictured in the WMF brochure taking part in an event.
“The government has continuously failed to protect this site or consider the many alternative routes that are open to them.”
This morning, there are more protestors from America, Britain and Poland than there are from Ireland. The Tara situation has made a bigger impact abroad than it has in its own country.
“We’ve had our own problems in the UK, but nothing like this,” said Natasha Kenyon, from the heritage site of Amesbury in England. “The Irish are bulldozing their own history. Has there not been a national outcry?
There hasn’t really - mainly, said Salafia, because of the success of the National Roads Authority in convincing the public the motorway will not go near the heritage site.
“They even made a DVD about it. But the motorway cuts right across the lower part of the hill. There’s no denying it.”
The recent discovery of an ancient wood henge at Lismullen, along with the remains of a large dog, which have now been removed, has given greater strength to the Tara campaign. Close by this site, protestors remain camped out in the woods on ‘construction watch’. Every morning at 6am they attempt to prevent construction continuing.
“Have you brought any milk?” long-term protestor Dan Moloney asks Salafia as he approaches the campsite. “Oh well.”
By the summer solstice on 21 June Moloney will have been camping in Tara for a year. “I gave up my job on an oyster farm to come here. I feel it’s more important.
Polish archaeologist Martin Sawiski arrived six months ago and has stayed to help the campaign in every way he can.
“Do you remember when the Buddha statute was bombed in Afganistan in 2001 and there was international outrage?” he said. “This is the very same.”
It was mentioned on Radio 4 today so a friend told me, I missed it - perhaps we will get some pubilicity on Friday, I have telephone English Heritage to ask what their definition of an artefact was, and they were amazed at what is happening to Tara, cant interfere of course.
Please send us good thoughts if you cannot come, Tara belongs to the world, we need to be seen to be saying we are here to protect the sacred places of the world.
in love and peace