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07 April 2009 @ 03:19 pm
Irish activist aims for U.S. support to stop highway at Tara  

Campaigner Vincent Salafia marches in Dublin to protest against plans to build a highway through the historic Tara valley - Photo by Julien Behal/PA

Now, with legal avenues and protests in Ireland seemingly exhausted, [TaraWatch founder Vincent] Salafia is looking to the U.S. to try and drum up support for his campaign.

The March edition of the Smithsonian magazine, the magazine of the Smithsonian institute, included a feature on the Hill of Tara that quoted Salafia. It said that the “archeologically rich complex on and about the Hill of Tara is seen by many as the spiritual and historic heart of Ireland.”

Read the rest of the article at TaraWatch

Polls say 2 out of 3 people in Ireland are opposed to the M3 and the continuing destruction of the Tara-Skryne/Gabhra Valley, referred to in the article above as, "the most powerful Celtic pagan site". But after years of front line struggle, many people are worn out and feeling hopeless. Americans have been involved in the fight all along, but I think this call from one of the main organizers is particularly relevant for clearing up some recent confusion I've seen from Americans who are unfamiliar with the situation in Ireland.

crossposted to Pàganachd Bhandia
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.felmac3 on April 7th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
It's truly unfortunate. It does seem as if it is a bit too late to do much of anything at this point; from what I understand a good portion of the motorway has already been completed and is expected to open some time in late 2009.

One thing, though, is that there is now greater awareness about how ruthless materialism threatens national heritage sites, and hopefully former Tara preservation activists and the Irish people in general will focus efforts on preventing similar controversies from occurring in the future.
Kathryn of Nigheanan nan Cailleach: Sábháil Teamhaircaitriona_nnc on April 7th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
If the motorway goes into operation, the next phase of the battle will be trying to stop the development of the land around it. Those who think it's just a matter of a quiet road passing through are either unaware of, or being purposely disingenous about, the fact that the next phase is to build strip malls, gas stations, etc, and increase the encroachment into the valley all around the motorway. We've had some heavy losses; terrible damage has been done; but I'm afraid it can still get far, far worse if they're not stopped now.
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Serenheilun_coo on April 8th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
At the most, the economic climate might hold off the push for further development to start, for a little while anyway.
Kathryn of Nigheanan nan Cailleach: Tara - view to the northcaitriona_nnc on April 18th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Well, the only way they could proceed with this ridiculous plan is because they're all in denial about Peak Oil and what that's going to do to us all.