Dec 18 2012

Is the Curse of Tara affecting those who have desecrated the complex?


The Hill of Tara
Pic: Irish Central
The Hill of Tara (Irish Temair na Rí, “Hill of the Kings”), located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of Árd Rí na hÉireann, or the High King of Ireland.
Recent scholarship claims that despite the rich narratives derived from mythologies, Tara was not so much a true seat of kingship, but a sacral site associated with kingship rituals. Other historians have argued that the concept itself is mostly mythical. [Wiki]

The Destruction caused by the Motorway

The M3 motorway, which opened in June 2010, passes through the Tara-Skryne Valley – as does the existing N3 road. Protesters argue that since the Tara Discovery Programme started in 1992, there is an appreciation that the Hill of Tara is just the central complex of a wider landscape. The distance between the motorway and the exact site of the Hill is 2.2 km (1.37 miles) – it intersects the old N3 at the Blundelstown interchange between the Hill of Tara and the Hill of Skyrne.

The presence of this interchange situated in the valley has led to allegations that further development is planned near Tara. An alternative route approximately 6 km west of the Hill of Tara is claimed to be a straighter, cheaper and less destructive alternative. On Sunday 23 September 2007 over 1500 people met on the hill of Tara to take part in a human sculpture representing a harp and spelling out the words “SAVE TARA VALLEY” as a call for the rerouting of the M3 motorway away from Tara valley. Actors Stuart Townsend and Jonathan Rhys Meyers attended this event.

The Hill of Tara was included in the World Monuments Fund’s 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world. It was included, in 2009, in the 15 must-see endangered cultural treasures in the world by the Smithsonian Institution.

The Curse of Tara and its Fairy Forts

Irish Central reports that Activists claim desecration of Tara for highway sparked ancient curse.

An ancient curse of Tara has been unleashed in Ireland by the destruction of the Fairy Forts.

That’s according to anti-highway activist Carmel Divine who says a “modern day Curse of Tara” has been unleashed on Ireland by the “destruction and desecration of the M3 Motorway.”

She said that Seannachaí Eddie Lennihan warned the Irish Government in early 2007 against destroying the Fairy Forts in Ireland’s historic Tara Skryne Valley.

She said the Seannachaí warned the Irish Government that they would be cursed. At the time, a spokesman for the National Roads Authority, mocked the Seannachaí and said they weren’t concerned.

Diviney says all of Ireland’s woes date back to July 2007 when work began on the new M3 motorway.

She lists the following incidents as evidence of the Fairy Fort curse.


Wakeman Plan of the Tara Complex
Pic: Wiki

The Fey in Action

In June 2007 Minister for the Environment Dick Roche signed an order destroying the Lismullin Henge. Lismullin Henge was a 4,000 year old astronomical observatory and place of worship and hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds of the century.

Roche was since held up by an armed gang in the Druids Glen Hotel and also lost his job and was then demoted.

Martin Cullen the then Minister for Transport nearly got sucked out of a helicopter when the door fell off on one of his extravagantly expensive trips.

The chief Health and Safety Officer was seriously injured by a falling tree when felling began at Rath Lugh in 2007.

A worker was killed when he became trapped at Fairyhouse where there have been many accidents on this stretch of road.

A human tooth was discovered in a digger which was used to destroy the famous ancient feasting grounds and gathering place of ancient Harpers at Baronstown. Shortly afterwards the stairs in the National Museum collapsed.

And finally, just last summer, several large wasp nests were found throughout the valley. In Celtic Lore the appearance of the wasp was associated with the anger of Mother Earth.

Diviney says that Ireland will continue to be cursed as long as it continues to meddle with sacred ground.

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Originally posted 2010-11-24 13:25:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Is the Curse of Tara affecting those who have desecrated the complex?”

  1. John Willmotton 24 Nov 2010 at 4:51 pm

    What are often called “fairy forts” today in Ireland are often remains of home settlements long gone with henges built around them as screening and protection against imported plagues, a sideline as inter nation trade accelerated.

    Through time, in Ireland, there are many stories of incidents of killing, maiming, disease and fast poverty when places regarded with extreme sacredness have been tampered with. Its not exclusive to the tampering of Tara Hill, both during the recent motorway building and the damaging excavations in 1900 along with the kingship abuse of 560 to 563 AD that brought the original “cursing” of Tara Hill

    We have a local quite bizarre story that most think should have been in reverse.

    There are many boulder burial sites near us, a popular means of burial from about 400 BC until probably 400 AD. During Victoria times a calvanist style evangelist built a cross and cemented it onto one of these boulders to protect it from “ancient evil spirits”.

    In the mid 1930s a far accidently broke the cross in half with something overhanging on his horse drawn trailer. Through the following night his cattle died and so did more cattle he bought and put on his farm. He took the broken cross to the local smithy to repair with an iron shaft to hald the parts together, re-cemented it to the boulder and he never had dead cattle thereafter.

    Odd thinking that the “fey” did not have an objection to the cross being brought there in the first place and that its curse was broken when the cross was broken.

    Though this cross presence had military style christian intent it questions the relevance of the ancient symbol.

    So many stories like this in Ireland that just increase questions more than wisdom.

  2. Mother Chaoson 24 Nov 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I was stunned to hear of this recently (through one of your older podcasts, actually). On the one hand, being American and all – it’s hardly my place to tell the modern-day Irish what they “should” or “shouldn’t” do. But as a descend of McCarthy-Mor clan, I’m just completely STUNNED that they went there. Curses or no, fey or no…well. Something that features so prominently in our myths and legends, a place so well-known, a place where so many of the stories that make up the fabric of our collective conscienceness took place…a freeway? Really?

    Sigh.

    On a much-less-pissy note: LOVE YOUR PODCAST. Love. It. Love. It. LOVE. IT. I only just discovered it recently by happy accident, and for the last few weeks have been wallowing in bliss on my insanely-long commute listening to these old tales all over again. Your delivery is fantastic, your storytelling delicious, and your personalities are charming…you both feel like “kitchen door” friends, the sort that never have to knock because you’re always a welcome sight at the table. Thanks so much for making a long commute more enjoyable.

  3. Ruthon 26 Nov 2010 at 12:31 am

    We too have been stunned at the desecration of the Tara complex. It seems that almost anything can be sacrificed at the Altar of progress, including places of our heritage and our cultural stories.!!

    We are so pleased you are enjoying the podcast. Thank you so much for your compliments and we hope you continue to be a listener long into the future :)

  4. Ruthon 26 Nov 2010 at 12:41 am

    Hello John, Thank you for that tale it’s always good to hear comparitive stories. I’m aware from the time I spent in Ireland, that there seems to be a story about everything. My particular favourite was of a house that had been built on a fairy path. The first time I heard it there was list of things that went wrong with the construction of the house, and the problems were so bad the house had to be demolished. The second time I heard it the list became longer and more detailed and eventually the owners went into town and while they were gone the house fell down :) I don’t think anyone tells a story quite as well as an Irishman kept warm by a fire and of bottle of Irelands finest :)

  5. Ruthon 26 Nov 2010 at 12:41 am

    Hello John, Thank you for that tale it’s always good to hear comparative stories. I’m aware from the time I spent in Ireland, that there seems to be a story about everything. My particular favourite was of a house that had been built on a fairy path. The first time I heard it there was list of things that went wrong with the construction of the house, and the problems were so bad the house had to be demolished. The second time I heard it the list became longer and more detailed and eventually the owners went into town and while they were gone the house fell down :) I don’t think anyone tells a story quite as well as an Irishman kept warm by a fire and of bottle of Irelands finest :)

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