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14th June 2009





Tara Belfast Update 36

Neolithic Ring Fort found near Ballymena

more HERE

  ( was Tara Belfast Update 33 - by mistake)


Hi there

this going out hurriedly because it is Earth Hour again tomorrow

Earth Hour organised by the World Wildlife Fund - so - just to remind anyone who would like to know but has forgotten or missed other reminders

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!.

It’s Showtime! Show the world what can be done.







so - the idea is - switch off the lights and electric for an hour -

not maybe freezers if you have one - or life support systems I suppose , but sit in the dark or by candlelight for an hour if you can

personally I wrap up warm and open the curtains to see the stars and play drums and chant mantras and think about the planet and all the people and life forms on it from plankton to penguins as we all together hurtle through the vastness of Space

-  I love Earth Hour !  - its the best time of the year ! - it may not save the planet  but it does entirely brillant  things to the head !    8 )

 anyway - its tommorow , Saturday , at  8.30pm



but here is a very quick update on Tara things anyway  - just overall I want to say that the reason these updates havent been going out is because I havent been writing anything and NOT because nothing is happening - very much not

  - the motorway is going ahead as was perhaps always inevitable but there are still issues being worked on and the SaveTara Yahoo list is still active as are others but since due to past skulduggery joining up needs to be approved by a moderator -  here a couple from todays postings



Videos Posted by: "Carmel Diviney" carmeldiviney@eircom.net   carmeldiviney

Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:12 am (PDT)

Two new videos from Madam K

Lismullin during excavations 2007

Lismullin Henge Reconstruction Imbolc 2010



one shows Lismullin Henge and some of the ancient structures before they were destroyed  ,
it is HERE

Anyway the video was filmed before the discovery of the Lismullin Stone 

this stone has megalithic carvings and had been split to be used as a capstone and then built into the souterrain

it was discovered  when the souterrain was was demolished last year
and it indicates of course that there is another Neolithic burial mound nearby - the other half of the stone has not yet been found


 more about Lismullin here
and about the Lismullin Stone , here








there is a cairn going up at Collierstown - and a Facebook  campaign

Ard Rígh Mac Cormaic
Ard Rígh Mac CormaicMarch 25, 2010 at 5:51pm
Subject: Cairn at Collierstown
A chara,
A group of dedicated members of this group and the Save Tara Campaign have been building a Cairn at Collierstown, to mark the site of the Graveyard that has been removed. If you get the opportunity to travel to the Hill of Tara in the next few months, please visit Collierstown, and bring a stone from your locality to put on the Cairn. It will be greatly appreciated. I'd also be delighted if you could invite all your friends on Facebook to join this group. Thanking you in advance.
Ad-rae buaidh agus beannacht.

and there is discussion of Colierstown and pictures of the graves on Indymedia HERE

before the graves were bulldozed at 4am on the morning before the site was to be designated a National Monument



and of course -

the issue of the bodies is still unresolved , they are still in binliners in Dundalk

but there is progress and positivity in at long last designating the whole Tara area as a Landscape Conservation area  



Two Shell to Sea Campaigners Imprisoned for Civil Disobedience

story on Indymedia HERE

Related Link: http://corribsos.com



Workshop Posted by: "Carmel Diviney" carmeldiviney@eircom.net   carmeldiviney

Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:27 am (PDT)

Hi all,

Yesterday the Public Consultation process took a positive step forward with a Workshop in the Ardboyne Hotel. Representatives from the various groups participating in the process were invited to listen to talks, view maps and give their opinions on where the boundaries for the Landscape Conservation area should be.

Speakers included:

Loreto Guinan- Meath Co Co
Ian Doyle - Heritage Council
Robbie Meehan - Consultant Geologist
Conor Newman - Heritage Council
Deirdre Black - Irish Landscape Institute
and from some of the community participatory groups:
Anne Marie Murphy - Friends of Tara
Brian Leonard - 10th Meath Skryne Scouts Group
Claire Oakes - Bellinter Residents Assoc.
John Clancy - Meath Archaeological and Historical Society

A representative from the Community and Voluntary Steering Group was there also but didnt speak though he was thanked by Loreto and she also read out a letter from the Tara Walking Club.

There will be updates on the website in the next few days so keep an eye out.


Overall I thought the day was great and there was a real air of positivity from the community who, having been divided by the motorway can now come together to help bring forth something constructive out of all the mayhem. After the talks we were given maps and a series of questions on what we felt defined the character of the TS landscape before choosing boundaries and giving the reasons why. Our table reached a consensus based on the rise in elevation on the approach roads to Tara, the gateways / entrances where you feel or get a sense that you are entering the Tara lansdcape. Others used different criteria for their submissions but there seemed to be a unity of thought on what those boundaries are from the tables except two, one of which I felt was Way too narrow and the other quite the opposite, being way too broad to stand a chance of being accepted, imho. Its no harm asking, thats what TSPG did with the Unesco submission and indeed the TLP one aslo- but realistically speaking...

Following yesterdays workshop, our submissions will be looked at, the land walked and decisions taken which will have to take into account farm boundaries for example, before being put on display for a period of six weeks in May. I have about 7 pages of notes taken mostly listening to the speakers but if its all going on the website there is no need to write it up here- but I'll hang on to the notes anyway ;





..... and of course -

Earth Hour

climate change

earth hour!! the biggest voluntary power down in history...8.30-9.30pm...sat 27th march.....











Ring Fort found outside Ballymena





Archaeologists at work on the site of the Neolithic ring fort
Neolithic man puts major bypass on hold

By Linda Stewart
Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Archaeologists at work on the site of the Neolithic ring fort

Thousands of years ago our Neolithic forebears were hunting wild game with flint arrows in the hills overlooking what is now Ballymena. Now they’re still making their presence felt, delaying a road dualling scheme that was aimed at easing congestion between the town and the M2.

The A26 Ballee Road East to M2 Ballymena bypass dualling scheme was due to be completed by the end of this month. But bad weather and the discovery of rare Neolithic remains have pushed that deadline back to late summer, costing tens of thousands of pounds.

The plan was to dig through a hill and use the material to build embankments elsewhere in the route. But when the topsoil was being stripped away, archaeologists uncovered a series of historical hotspots where more investigations needed to be carried out.

Many of the hotspots found by Archaeological Development Services Ltd during the topsoil stripping were isolated pits which contained burnt bone and Neolithic pottery.

But the big find was a rare Neolithic ring fort unearthed at just the point where the cutting was to be excavated — one of just four found so far in Ireland. This was investigated by 20 archaeologists for eight weeks.

The fort’s remains lie two miles southeast of Ballymena, overlooking the Larne Road roundabout to the north, and was set on the north edge of a drumlin 60m above sea level.

The enclosure was more or less circular, between 40m and 45m in diameter, with two entrances or causeways. One spanned a gap of 25m around the west side of the enclosure, while the other lay towards the south end measuring 3m wide.

Inside the enclosure is what appears to be a series of structures, including rectangular and circular shapes with pits and hearths. Archaeologists have discovered flint chippings, small blades and a leaf-shaped arrowhead.

DRD said excavation of the cutting and removal of the material to build embankments elsewhere on the site would have been completed during the 18-week period from mid-June to late October, if it hadn’t been for the discovery.

Wintry weather also held the work up and the cutting won’t now be excavated until spring’s drier conditions.

A DRD spokesman said: “Following completion of the cutting and construction of embankments it is hoped that the remainder of the road construction will be completed at a fast pace to allow the road to be opened to traffic in late summer 2010.”




Burial of Hound at Lismullin

 source  http://www.mythicalireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=384

letters on Save Tara Yahoo group about the hound