Saturday, March 24, 2007

Nothing is Sacred


The destruction of Tara has begun. Phase One of the motorway that will bulldoze through ancient sites and sever the heartland of this sacred landscape is underway. Megalithic chambers have already been destroyed, with state archaeologists assuring us "we have made meticulous records." So that's our heritage, is it? We've got an Interpretative Centre with photographs, who needs the real thing? They paved Paradise, put up a parking lot. This is modern Ireland at its worst: rampaging across the land in the name of progress and money and the speed of motor cars. Go to www.savetara.com. Sign the petition. Donate money. Show up for the vigils. The gombeen government is moving as fast as it can before World Heritage designation can protect more sites. And for godsakes, don't vote for the Fianna Fail or the PDs in the next election. Throw the lot of them out before there is nothing left for the generations to come but a wasteland! For what will it profit us if we gain the world and lose our very soul?

4 comments:

Salerio said...

Goddamn it, not Tara. Not Teamhair. I wanted so to walk on its hills...

All for the sake of modernizing. Watch where you're driving on the streets of Ireland, because they've thrown out the baby with the bathwater.

OR Melling said...

Don't panic. The Hill itself is safe, as it's a World Heritage site. Oh, they'd plough it if they could. The same shower of rotters were going to mine the sacred mountain of Croagh Patrick before a strange alliance of Catholics, heritage lovers, and environmentalists stopped them! But they are tearing up the surrounding landscape and sites which belong to the royal demesne. It's outrageous.

Laura said...

... I... I can't believe this is happening. I know it's selfish of to want a non-motorized Tara just because I happen to like it better. But sigh. It's not right.

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of thing that drives people to chain themselves to trees, and the like. Well, lets hope the faeries fix them! ;)