Irish Times yesterday 13th June 2007
And this forwarded by Maireid Sullivan
Here is the latest news on the betrayal of all that Tara represents in Irish heritage, for fraudulent and treasonous political and financial gain!
This report from the Irish Times is followed by a brilliant new poem for Tara.
We must not give in, especially now that Tara has been listed on the World Monuments Funds top 100 endangered world heritage sites.
for the Anam Cara for Tara arts action campaign
and the GlobalArtsCollective.org
The Road of Ancient Tara’s Ruin
Two dogs bark
A man nods and
the pilgrims shield
the flames on the hill
known as Tara.
For if Ireland has a heart- it beats in Tara.
Tara. Mating bed of sun and soil where
fire was born and water bled from
stone. Where winds blew seed
that fed the men of Eire.
Tara - Seat of Kings - not born - but fought
and Druid sworn. Where poet, priest and
pauper stood – arm in arm to hold the line
a thousand years. Nay! three thousand years
this lore of Eire.
This rising hill - where men
in battle roared and horses reared
as blades rose high and
curbed the arms that drove
the lance into the heart of Tara.
Recall the kings once crowned -
born of ancient creed who fed on
goose - now dead and slain -
and buried deep in
ancient Ireland’s name.
No more the threat from o’er
the sea rapes Tara. But incest deep
within her fathers land tears
her skin and bares the secrets
buried deep in Tara’s womb.
Blows still the wind on Tara’s slope and
stirs the ancient soul – still the blade is strong
and fast the lance that carves a path into her soul
as unsworn kings bleed her dry
while the jesters chew their fat.
Hold strong the Hill of Tara
let it beat in silence, rest. Shield her
burning heart and cheer
the roar of weary pilgrims lest we ride
the road of ancient Tara’s ruin.
Bill Clohesy 2007
Bill Clohesy has lived in Emerald, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia, for 15 years. His work has been published in several Woorilla Publications and in Tain Magazine and has been presented on ABC Regional Radio. He won the Syd Cantlon Poets Award at the 2006 Kilmore Celtic Festival. He is currently working on a novel examining the relationship between the Irish and the Chinese on the Ballarat goldfields.
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:03 PM
Subject: More on Irish Green Party compromise
The following report just in from Dr. Murieann Ní Bhrolchain in Dublin (Spokesperson for Campaign to Save Tara)
Coverage of todays events as they unfolded. Greens voted to go into
Government with Fianna Fail by 421 votes for and 67 against. That's an
astounding majority. Campaign to Save Tara were at the conference all
day. It was quite an eerie experience with all the media presence and
the various pressure groups present. Not long back myself and sorry for
the delay in relaying information. We will be present at the Dail
tomorrow from 10am to draw attention to Tara - never saw so much
attention paid to the issue as there was today. Whatever else may be
said - the issue was at the heart of the formation of Government - come
to the Dail tomorrow and support us. The archaeological sites are still
there. The road can be moved - there is a National Monument in the way.
The Greens may get the Environment Ministry - in that case not all is
lost yet. So let's see what happens tomorrow when the ministers are
announced. there is a way around this.
And I'm not generally an optimist.
RTE News: Green Party meets for Govt deal vote
Greens gather amid protests
WEDNESDAY 13/06/2007 14:05:16