Invitation to TaraWatch Banquet - Drimnagh Castle
- Friday March 24th 2006 -
Vincent Salafia and TaraWatch would like to take this opportunity to
thank members of the public who have contriuted to making the Hill of
Tara / M3 motorway issue an important issue in modern debate. In
appreciation, we would like to invite you to attend a benefit event
this Friday, March 24th, at Drimnagh Castle. Please contact Chris at
TaraWatch to reserve a place (info below).
Mrs. Aideen Ireland, President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries
(RSAI), will be a guest speaker. More than 100 years ago this society
campaigned vigorously to have ill-considered excavations by the British
Israelites on the Hill of Tara stopped. Her society is opposed to the
current route of the M3 motorway. They recently held a conference on
Tara, and a letter to the Irish Times (below) revives their commitment
to saving Tara.
We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Cody McCone, Esq., of the New
York City law firm, O'Dwyer & Bernstien, will represent the Brehon Law
Society at the Tara litigation benefit banquet this Friday 24th March.
Mr. McCone was a past speaker at the Brehon Law Project symposium 2002,
held at Mansion House and Kings Inns. His group have been very active
recently in legislative efforts to assist illegal Irish residents in
the US gain legal residency there. For the past twenty years he has
been an active supporter and defender of Irish Human Rights causes in
the United States. He is a past president of the Brehon Law Society, an
Irish-American Bar Association of attorneys whose objective is to
achieve peace and unity in Northern Ireland through the legal process.
There will be reception from 6-7pm. The banquet will run from 7-9 and
then there will be an afters, from 9-12pm. People can purchase tickets
for the afters only if they wish.
If you would like to attend, please contact
Chris Murray, TaraWatch, 7 Kenilworth Square, Rathmines, Dublin 6:
+353-87-776-5289 [log in to unmask]
For more information see: http://www.hilloftara.info
Letter to the Irish Times (May 5, 2005)
Aideen Ireland, President, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.
Tara and the M3 motorway
The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland notes the commitment of
this Government to the enshrinement of Tara at the present Expo in
Japan (The Irish Times, April 30th). How fortunate for the Japanese,
and other visitors to Expo, to be able to view images of this unique
site. What should be their experience should they ever come to Ireland
to see the site and monuments for themselves?
It is not yet too late for the Minister for the Environment to be
courageous in the matter of the proposed road through the greater
More than 100 years ago this society campaigned vigorously to have
ill-considered excavations by the British Israelites on the Hill of
Tara stopped. On that occasion the digging ceased and the site was
preserved. It would be a scandal if Tara were now to be sacrificed in
the interests of short-term progress.
The society further urges the Minister to declare the greater
Tara-Skryne valley an area of outstanding national and international
significance and to grant it the same degree of protection as is
afforded to the Boyne Valley.
The cases of Woodstown and Tara highlight the potential for conflict
between the perceived development needs of the country and the need to
preserve, document and research our physical heritage as represented by
the many thousand archaeological sites in the country. This society
calls on the Minister to ensure that planning, development and cultural
policies preserve our rich archaeological heritage for present and
future generations of researchers and for the enjoyment and education
of the public.
If this is not done, future generations will castigate us as cultural
vandals in the same way as we look back in amazement at some of the
"improvement" actions of previous generations.
President, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
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