Tara Hill is the spiritual capital of Ireland and is a major cultural and historical monument beloved by people all over the world.
Tara was a center of civilization seven thousand years ago. When you consider that the oldest Egyptian tomb is 5,000 years old, the magnitude of Tara’s historical significance can be understood.
In April, 2009 at Tara Hill, scientists unearthed a wooden monument of the size and magnitude of Stonehenge.
Tara Hill was the seat of the pre-Celtic civilization of the Tuatha de Danann. Millions of people in Ireland and in fact, all over the world, consider themselves descendents of the Tuatha de Danann, or “Children of the Goddess Danu.” Danu is the goddess of the Earth and after whom the river Danube was named, among other cultural significances.
Modern legend as told in Elven World: Restoration of the Tuatha De Danann Kingdom recently published by Rembrandt Press, continues the story that began in ancient legends about Tara Hill as the sacred dwelling place of the gods and the entrance to an Otherworld of the Faery and the Elven kingdom.
Many thousands from across the globe protest the construction of a new motorway through the Tara valley, which has placed this sacred place among the 100 most endangered heritage sites of the world.
www.TaraWatch.org has nominated the Tara to be a World Heritage Site, but can only do so on the condition that the M3 Motorway is re-routed because the destruction of the cultural heritage due to the motorway breaches the World Heritage Convention Otherwise, the Tara Hill complex qualifies for World Heritage Status as a natural and cultural landscape of universal value due to its cultural significance and extent of surviving remains.
If we can have the site designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Status site, then changes would have to be made to re-route of the motorway which runs close to Tara Hill.
The vast majority of the Irish (70%) want the motorway to be re-routed away from the Hill. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for governments to represent the people’s wishes
What Can You Do To Help Today?
1. Please go to www.savetarapetition.net and sign. Make a donation of any size if you can.
2. If you are on Twitter: Please tell your friends to sign the petition. Tweet about it as often as possible to as many people as possible with this hashtag: #SaveTaraHill
3. Join the Save Tara groups on Facebook.
4. Learn more about the Tuatha de Danann and the cultural heritage that is being revitalized through our poets, writers and artists. Here are some sites which may be of interest to you in that regard:
(Please let me know if there are more to add)
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Photos of Tara Hill photographed from the air by Anthony Murphy
copyright Anthony Murphy, 2000 courtesy of mythicalireland.com