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Subject: Re: Hill of Tara
From: Vincent Salafia <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Wed, 7 Jan 2004 11:11:30 -0800

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Hi Sheri,

Your wrote:

> Anyone know where things
> stand with it at the moment?

It was given go-ahead last Aug.  We are trying to stop

Please visit: or join our
discussion list at:

Academics like Muireann ni Bhrolcain are bravely
speaking out.

Here is a copy of a recent letter, published in Irish
Independent and Examiner:

"Let’s keep the tarmac ribbon out of the heart and
soul of Ireland"

THE Hill of Tara constitutes the heart and soul of
Ireland. Its very name invokes the spirit and mystique
of our people, and is instantly recognisable

The plan approved recently by An Bord Pleanála for the
M3 motorway to dissect the Tara-Skryne valley,
Ireland’s premier national monument, spells out a
massive national and international tragedy that must
be averted.

The area surrounding the Hill of Tara and Skryne is
one of the most culturally and archaeologically
significant in the world.

Predating the Egyptian Pyramids, the chamber within
Tara’s Mound of the Hostages is perfectly aligned with
the full moon of Lughnasa and the rising sun of
Samhain and Imbolg.

But we are only just beginning to understand and
appreciate how the mound relates to the hundreds of
other monuments in this area, many of which will be
destroyed if the valley is sliced in two.

The implementation of An Bord Pleanála’s plan will
involve spending over €1 billion of Irish and European
taxpayers’ money.

Of this, tens of millions of euro will be spent
‘recording’ what should be left in situ, according to
stated Government policy and the Valetta Convention
(European Convention on the Protection of the
Archaeological Heritage).

Moreover, in the rush to build the motorway,
unforgiving contract deadlines will compromise the
proper investigation of significant archaeological

We call on the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, the Minister
for Transport, Seamus Brennan, and the Minister for
the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Martin
Cullen, to overturn this decision and consider the
many intelligent options that are still available.

These include realignment of the existing N3, as per
the original advertised plan; re-opening of the
Navan-Dublin railway line, which is widely supported
in the locality; or simply move the M3 away from this
delicate archaeological landscape.

We ask these public servants to place these options
before the people of Ireland, in an open and
democratic manner, and let Irish taxpayers decide the
best way to spend their money.

Dr Muireann Ní Bhrolchain,

Dept of Medieval Irish Studies,

NUI Maynooth.

Prof Tomás Ó Cathasaigh,

Professor Irish Studies,

Harvard University.

Máiread Carew,

Archaeologist and writer.

Dr Howard Clarke,

School of History,


Donnchadh Ó Corráin,

Dept of History,


Dáibhí Ó Croinín,

Dept of History,

NUI Galway

Prof Thomas Charles-Edwards,

Faculty of Modern History,

Oxford University.

Maire Herbert,

Dept of Modern Irish,


Prof Joseph Nagy,

Dept of English,

University of California,

Los Angeles.

M Vincent Salafia,

Brehon Law Project, Dublin.

Dr Alfred Smyth,

Chair of Medieval History,

Canterbury University.

Prof Ruairi Ó hUiginn,

Dept of Modern Irish,

NUI Maynooth.

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