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3rd week -JAN-2008



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History of Soldier Hill

The name Soldiers' Hill dates back to events in 1798 when a group of United Irishmen were defending a small bridge on or very close to the modern N3.
They were overpowered eventually, and the survivors of this brave stand were all hung on trees lining the road leading from the Tara Na Ri pub towards the Hill of Tara.

Last remaining tree on Soldier Hill

Ring Vigil phone 086-1758557
Another number: 086-3600478




Soldier's Hill demo this Fri 3pm onwards. Please attend and show
support. Thank you.



Soldier Hill - last tree


Northern Ireland - official support for Tara from SDLP


Does citizenship place an active duty on you to take a legal action to protect national cultural or environmental assets abuse by the State and private developers?
Environmental degradation. The European Convention on Human Rights has been interpreted to recognize ‘environmental rights’. Does that apply to Tara? Does the current policy of massive investment in private roads, and little or none in public transport going to lead to a more and more car-dependent State, and possible economic ruin when the oil runs out?
Cultural identity. What does it mean to be Irish? Do we have the right to enjoy and appreciate our national symbols like Tara and all associated with it, even the harp which is the national symbol of Ireland?'

                more from the SDLP website -   http://www.sdlp.ie/news_item.php?id=6032




Fionn mac Cumhaill
Finn mac Cool


Giants Causeway



The Fianna were founded in 300 B.C. by the High King Fiachadh . Until Finn MacCool implemented a code of honor among them, the Fianna were an unruly band

. Finn challenged the Fianna to become champions of the people and to make of themselves models of chivalry and justice. Some argue that the tales of the Fianna are the basis of the legends of the Knights of the Round Table http://www.stevequayle.com/Giants/UK/UK6.html

Ancient Scotland




Tara : Land, Legend, Legacy


January 6th. 2008
Producer: Grace Wynne Jones
As the controversy surrounding Tara continues, this programme explores the myths and legends of the ancient site. Included in the documentary are eminent historians, archaeologists, Shamans, a druid and film star Stuart Townsend



Official report

various other Official Reports pasted up onto http://www.tarataratara.net/resources/Reports/NRA/NRA_downloads_index.htm

Megalithic art discovery at Lismullin souterrain


On Thursday 29th November, while lifting the capstone off the main chamber of the souterrain at Lismullin, archaeologists discovered decoration carved into the side of the stone. The art mainly consists of a double row of zigzags or chevrons, half a series of concentric circles and what appears to be a nest of arcs. The stone is a boulder that had been split in antiquity and so only a portion of the art survives on the stone.
The find was immediately reported to the National Monuments section of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Preliminary interpretation on site was that the stone was part of a megalith originally used as a kerbstone on a Neolithic passage tomb.

Lismullin Souterrain Capstone  

The early medieval builders of the souterrain reused a large boulder from an earlier monument, probably a kerbstone from a Neolithic passage tomb. The boulder was split before incorporation into the souterrain and the decoration would not have been visible inside the souterrain. In one of the attached photos you can see what our first glimpse of the capstone looked like - the art was hidden underneath a clay capping that would have been used to waterproof the chamber below.

Dr Muiris O'Sullivan (University College Dublin), who studied the megaliths at Knowth and recently published the excavations of the Mound of the Hostages, has confirmed that it is indeed megalithic art. Nearby examples of passage tombs with megalithic art include the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara and a tomb at Ardmulchan.

Dr Blaze O'Connor, (PhD prehistoric art) who reported on the Louth examples, has commented that the Lismullin megalith has strong formal parallels to the Tateetra art.

Professor George Eogan, who excavated Knowth, has concurred with the interpretation that the boulder is a reused passage tomb kerbstone. The 'quarrying' of former monuments for construction stone for the building of souterrains is not unusual, including decorated stones.

There is a photograph of such a stone in souterrain on the cover of NRA Archaeology Monograph No. 2, published 2005, which was found in a souterrain excavated at Newtownbalregan during the archaeological works on the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass (see Archaeological Publications www.nra.ie). Another example of megalithic art incorporated into a souterrain was found at Tateetra west of Dundalk, also on the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass.


The Triads of Ireland





Hi All

A new independent nationwide survey is in process.
The 2005 survey returned 2 out of 3 people saying NO to the road through the Valley.
Now there is a positive alternative and we are looking for a YES vote for the alternative.
Market research company guarantees results are equivalent (+ or- 3%) to a referendum return.
This survey will be an endorsement for all that everyone is trying to achieve for Tara.
It is quite expensive and we are looking for help with the financing.
We ask for donations for this specific purpose.
Donors can choose to be named or anonymous and will have full access to accounts for the project .

Please donate what you can.

Bank Details:
Allied Irish Bank
West Cork

Account: Sacred Ireland

Bank Sort Code: 93 63 67
Account No: 00348260
IBAN No: IE34AIBK93636700348260

To those who decide to donate, we would like to thank you on behalf of everyone who cares for Tara, "The Spiritual wellspring of the Irish diaspora worldwide"
More later.
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