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2nd week - Feb 2008



weekly paste-up of some news and links arising from the campaign to Save the Tara Valley NOT comprehensive -please see other sites on the Links page - but hope it may be useful ~
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Musicians for Tara

A chairde
I'm inviting any musicians/singers to play a gig in Rath Lugh
Camp. "Fia Rua" played a gig here in the roundhouse on Tuesday night
and 33 people were here!
If you would like to come down and play,
you can contact me on 086 3600478.
Slán a Pixie ;)



Press release on behalf of Tara Vigil and Sacred Ireland. Contacts
within the release.

Sacredireland apply for Change of Use for Tara - From Traffic Corridor to World Heritage Park

In an unprecedented move, www.sacredireland.org intend to apply to the Government and Meath County Council for change of use from traffic corridor to World Heritage Park, for the tract of land, commonly referred to as the 'land take' through the Tara/Skryne Valley. This land is currently owned by the State under compulsory purchase orders. Now is the time for planting new seeds of hope. A symbolic peaceful demonstration will take place this Sunday Feb 10th at 3pm at Lismullin. A nursery has kindly offered to donate some strong potted saplings of these 9 sacred trees Ash, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorne, Holly, Oak, Rowan, Willow, Yew to place around the perimeter of Lismullin Henge. There could be too many so it is suggested that people might like to bring one themselves which they could perhaps dedicate to the memory of a loved one. If they felt so inclined, people are invited to bring shrubs of their choice, all in pots only, nothing bare rooted. People are also invited to bring herb seeds to scatter. The following are nine celtic herbes of protection: Borage, Dandelion, Lavender, Nettle, Rosemary, Vervain, Wormwood, St. John's Wort, Yarrow. It is suggested that they might like to bring some meadow mix to sprinkle on the ground as they walk between Rath Lugh and Lismullin Henge. A Simple ceremony. All Welcome

For further information on this demonstration of if anyone has difficulty with directions, contact: Tara Solidarity Vigil, Debbie Reilly 086 1758557 or Lou McManmon 086 1537146

A plan before the cabinet proposes protection for the Valley by taking the M3 to the valley and beyond the valley but not through the valley. The section of road through the Valley to be on the current N3 environmental footprint but upgraded to a 2+1 format which the NRA deem safe. The move to apply for change of use is backed by a recently completed survey conducted by RedC research for www.sacredireland.org  
The results show that 62% of the Irish adult population say the M3 in its current format through the Valley is wrong, 58% want to see a Park and a bare 30% want the road as planned. RedC guarantee accuracy within + or-3% of a referendum return. Protectors, formally referred to as activists or protestors, have shown the world what lengths they will go to protect their heritage. For more details and full survey results
visit the website






in the Irish Post

--- In hilloftara@yahoogroups.com, "mp537644" <molliepmac@...> wrote:
> Good for the Irish Post;
> http://www.irishpost.co.uk/
> 1) Should the Irish Government halt all construction of new roads
> around the Hill of Tara?
> The results at present 75 %" yes stop the road!"
> Please vote now!
> Pat

And climbing! It was 78% when I voted!!! Brilliant :)

1) Should the Irish Government halt all construction of new roads around the Hill of Tara?

at the moment 78% say YES!

PLEASE VOTE !!!!!!  and comment ~




Universal Tara

my brother is working in Gran Canaria and sent me a copy of this statue

it is called the Tara Idol and was made by the Guanche -  the mysterious original inhabitants of the Canary Islands

She has become a national symbol for Gran Canaria


I came across this paper -

Evidence for the Ancestors of the Guanches as Founders of Predynastic Egypt.

... and more - absolutely fascinating

      ....still have no idea why she is called the Tara idol


Irish Druids







Tara scar greened !

artwork from sacredireland    click for pdf



whole survey http://www.sacredireland.org/redcsurvey.pdf

also - funds much needed to cover the cost of comissioning RedC to do the poll

results and how to donate to the costs of the poll http://www.sacredireland.org/survey.html
 paypal donations to accounts@sacredireland.org





protests at Soldier Hill

and at Rath Lugh and Lismullin Henge are ongoing -


Contact details and updates from the Vigil


Ring Vigil phone

Debbie  086-1758557
Lou 086-3600478
Rath Lugh Camp 086 1537 146

replace the first zero with 00353 from outside the ROI -


appeal from Rath Lugh for equipment


The situation is escalating at Lismullin. Diggers are trying to cross
the protected area of the National Monument. There is no Garda
presence. More machinery is arriving and protesters are attempting a
blockade. Please support in any way you can, contact all media, bring
supplies, video and photographic equipment. Join the peaceful protest
and spread the word. Urgent Call Out Now!

 Carmel D  11/02/2008



086 1537 146 - Rath Lugh Camp www.tarapixie.net



Polish Archaeologist arrested and charged after obstructing a tar lorry  


Welcome to Transition Towns, Cities, Villages and Islands!

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?

A Transition Initiative is a community that is unleashing its own latent collective genius to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and to discover and implement ways to address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain
itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate
the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to
mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

The resulting coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life leads to a collectively designed energy descent pathway.

The community also recognises two crucial points:

  • that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there's no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there's every likelihood that we can create a way of living that's significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.



Study confirms train service will cover costs

Aerial photo of the Navan Clonsilla Boyne viaduct at Bective
Reinstating rail passengers services to Navan will cost €6.8m per annum to run, and this cost will be met entirely by revenue generated on the line according to the joint Iarnród Éireann / Meath County Council study presented to Meath County Councillors on Monday 7th January 2007.

Using modelling based on 85% of the growth expected in the catchment area of the service, and utilising demand from comparable population centres on the Dublin-Belfast line, it is now estimated that the line could be up and running within five years (2013) and that over the period of the next thirty years running costs would be met by revenue.

The original alignment in the main will be used according to the report with route 3 listed as the company's preferred option. Route 3 is effectively the former alignment with minor deviations to bring the line closer to Dunshaughlin, as well as minor deviations at Kilmessan and Cannistown to avoid homes and the station house hotel that would be affected if the former route were used.

more from   http://www.meathontrack.com/navanscopingstudy.html

Meath on Track

Railusers Ireland







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Sung By: Steve Cooney

Added: January 21, 2008

Sung By: Steve Cooney

(Help save TARA sign the petition)

Stephen Cooney Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve started his professional musical career at the age of 17, playing for a while in the US before returning home, where he was in a number of rock bands, (Bushwackers, Fruitcake) and the successful folk/rock band, Red Gum. In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, from where his ancestors had come, where he busked and worked odd jobs for a few months, before joining Stockton's Wing as bassist with whom he stayed until 1981. Since then he has popped up all over the place, with a major contribution to Sharon Shannon's first album, and performances and recordings with Dermot Byrne, Altan, Martin Hayes and others. While guitar, and rock guitarists have raised eyebrows in trad Irish music in the past, Cooney is no noise machine. His technique is excellent, and his understanding of traditional music and accompaniment is attested to by the number of traditional groups and albums he has contributed to.

Added: January 21, 2008