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Tara/ Belfast  Update 04      


have been away - so - sorry , this is hurried and too late as an announcement of the sacredireland demo

- still - an interesting new Planning Application of " Change of Use "


1/ TaraBelfast - support badly wanted from Belfast and North generally

a Day of Solidarity is being organised - but this isnt - or shouldnt be - the only thing ..please write letters - send support and use Imagination -

and peace - love - writing - spirituality - politicking and and all the rest - the campaign belongs to everybody

- the details of the Day of Solidarity are still being worked out - to be honest it will probably be something of a Mystery Tour around places on the North Coast which are connected with Tara and hopefully to somehow publicicise the connections and show support - details still very open

It should be good - but it will depend on YOU - your input - your talent - your help with PR

so - definitely good then ; )

or else it will just be a day out
but if you want a place on one of the minibuses - which will be around 14 quid - PLEASE tell me ASAP and I will put your name down until they are full

there will probably be two minibuses going - numbers names and deposits please - any spare places on the day to whoever turns up before the bus leaves

- any lost deposits to go to the Tara Camps !
its a Good Cause ; )

......also - anyone thinking of taking a car -who will have spare places ...get in touch too please ...or with each other ....


another meeting at the John Hewitt tonight at 6.30 pm - pLEASE try to come

there is a lot of interest and general goodwill -
people who want to be kept informed etc ......but a terrible lack of specific HELP 8-|

details of buses - when and where leaving - when decided will go up onto http://www.tarataratara.net

or ring
anita - 07944969373
bronagh - 07999702557
colette 07971840079 and sooner or later -- one of us must know ....

but probably leaving from the Writers Square - oposite st Annes Cathedral at 11am Sunday 17th Feb - coming back - later

deposits to me or Helen at St Georges market Fri or Sat - if you do not know us - go there - ring - say where you are and we will wave at you !

...anyone who can organise another bus ....go right ahead ! - and we will meet at the Causeway


2/ situation re Tara - ongoing protests -diggers encroaching illegally on Rath Lugh which is built on an esker and is in danger of collapse and is theoretically under a Temporary Protection Order

protesters are asking for support on the protests - people - publicity - phone credits -

but as anyone who has been there will know - it is also a wonderful and inspiring place to be

message from Lou McManmon

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 3600 478.
Slán a Pixie ;)

more details will be going up onto http://www.tarataratara.net/PasteUp/TaraTT_Feb2.htm  and all the other usual places


there will also be a demostration at Drogheda - outside ACAS where the human bones are being stored - no date for that yet



 new WEB POLL in the Irish Post

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

at the moment 78% sayYES!




2/ Press Release from SacredIreland


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



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else - could you help by networking this onwards to other people who might be interested

- if people dont see why this is important - thats up to them - but it would be sad if they did - and they didnt know how to be involved

- they are much needed !


best regards

mob - 07944969373


AND - ...any thoughts about setting up a Belfast - Transition Town group ...? see http://www.transitiontowns.org/
it is very connected with the issues around the M3 v Tara -