Help DESPERATELY needed at the Hill of Tara, Ireland
This is a message for activists who are up for helping the Irish protesters in their fight to avert the new M3 motorway away from an extremely ancient site, far predating Stonhenge.
Irish Authorities are overriding an EU condemnation that this part of the motorway's construction is ILLEGAL and are about to bulldoze a recently excavated woodhenge, details below. The deep levels of corruption involved in the 'development' of this area are mind boggling.
There has been a small but strong protest camp at Tara since before the new year and now these amazing people are crying out for numbers. I've literally just got home to Bristol now and will be driving back over there next Tuesday 14th. It was almost impossible to leave. Please get in touch if you want to travel with us. If you are a van driver, even better - perhaps we could rally a really useful number of people.
The authorities are proposing to start dismantling the henge THIS tuesday morning so please please please, if you've been considering a trip to Ireland go now. Even if you haven't, despite the heartbreak of what is happening there, you can't help being overwhelmed with the atmosphere of the place. It's done me so much good to be there. There are 2 camps, one up on the hill of tara itself, and one in the woods at Rath Lugh, where the henge, known as Lismullin is situated. Direct action is in progress but our help is urgently needed.
Road protests are new in Ireland as we all know it has remained unspoiled for hundreds of years, so people with direct action experience are critically needed.
National Express do a funfare from London to Cork via Bristol on bus & boat from £15 each way. If there are funfares available on different routes it will offer them if you click on Europe on their homepage and put in your travel details.
If you take the London - Bristol - Cork route get off the boat at Wexford, take a bus or train to Dublin then the 109 bus from Busaras Station towards Navan and Kells. Tara is about 50 minutes down this route. The driver will tell you where to get off. There's a camp phone number at the bottom, or if you want to ask anything please get in touch. If you take a night crossing you can sleep and be at Tara by lunchtime.
If you can, please get there for Mon 6th/Tues 7th. Otherwise there will be at least one van leaving Bristol next Tuesday 14th, or alternatively to that there is another wave planned for Saturday 1st September. It would be great to get a van from London and Bristol organised.
A couple of surges of numbers and a huge spreading the word could still avert the road plans to any of the other 5, less damaging proposed routes. But nothing i say will compare to the feeling of being there, and then understanding why we'd be doing the right thing to protect it.
Cheers for reading all this.
From the camp:
A Call for Help From
The Ancient City Of
Co. Meath, Ireland
Your Presence is Urgently Needed
This place in county Meath Ireland is the location of a recently discovered Prehistoric Wood Henge
This Henge is the oldest astronomical observatory yet found anywhere in the world
The Irish Government M3 Motorway is routed directly through the Henge and a further one hundred and forty plus sacred sites. Common sense will tell you that the valley is of profound importance locally, nationally and internationally. Initial excavations by archaeological consultancy services Ltd (funded by the NRA national roads authority) revealed a ceremonial burial chamber at the centre of the 80m diameter complex. The grave contained the bones of a woman adorned with gold necklace and bracelets. It also contained the bones of a large hunting dog and horse. She had been buried with the utmost respect and full ceremonial honours. A Queen or Priestess of high regard. These remains have been removed and relocated to A.C.S Ltds warehouse on the outskirts of Dublin . No mention of this reached the media Why??
We Need You Now!
The Tara Skyrne valley is a key to all of our pasts
The NRA plans to move on the Henge on Tuesday 7th August at 5am
If we cannot show our presence in physical numbers this sacred site will be gone forever
Contact: Tara solidarity vigil no. (00353) 861758557 www.tarapixie.net
Posted by Stormy
18th August 2007ce
Edited 18th August 2007ce