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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 3:55 PM
Subject: Turoe & Tara articles published on Indymedia
 
Hello,
 
Earlier today two very similar articles were published on Indymedia (worldwide Internet news organisation) regarding the planned new roads near Turoe and Tara.  
 
The articles were published at the 2 addresses provided below:
 
 
2) Indymedia (Ireland):
 
 
Regards to all,
 
Billy Finnerty.
 
PS: The text used for the above mentioned articles was based on that provided below:

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Plan to put new road through middle of Iron Age Celtic oppidium

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Leading front page headlines on local newspapers (in East Galway, Republic of Ireland) report that Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) for the necessary land will be issued by local government authorities sometime around the beginning of January 2004.

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The present plan for the new N6 Galway to Dublin Upgrade Road will take it right through the middle of the Celtic "Iron Age" Oppidium centred around Turoe & Knocknadala - which is thought to be the very FIRST to date to be identified in Ireland, and possibly the largest (by far) of all the 40 or so Celtic oppida yet found outside of Ireland (in places such as England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and Hungry).
 
For Ireland, the Iron Age roughly represents the period 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. 
 
The word oppidium is believed to be of Latin origin, and it was frequently used by Julius Caesar in his writings apparently to describe the kind of towns (or cities) which many of the Celtic peoples of his time inhabited.
 
Knocknadala - Cnoc-na-Dala in the Celtic language - literally means Hill-of-Parliament. 
 
One hundred or so miles to the east of Turoe & Knocknadala, there is a similar problem concerning a planned new road (called the M50) which is at present scheduled to run between the Hill of Tara, and the Hill of Skreen. 
 
By coincidence, the words Turoe and Tara come from the same Celtic word TEMHAIR - which is understood to mean SACRED PLACE.
 
With regard to these two new roads, the authorities in the Republic of Ireland appear to many to be (in effect) ignoring the principles set out under the terms of the Aarhus Convention - which has received MUCH praise from people such as Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

A petition has been sent to the European Parliament regarding the present route of the planned new road through Knocknadala. The text of the petition (dated September 22nd 2003) can be seen at:
http://www.finnachta.com/EuropeanParliamentPetition.htm
 
Further information on the Aarhus Convention can be found at:
http://www.finnachta.com/TheAarhusConvention.htm
 
Additional information relating to the Turoe & Knocknadala Oppidium can be found at:
 
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Please note:
The main text in e-mail below is the same as above.

     
 
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 4:05 PM
Subject: [Tara/Skreen] Tara & Turoe "new road" articles published on Indymedia (September 30th 2003)

Hello,
 
Earlier today two very similar articles were published on Indymedia (worldwide Internet news organisation) regarding the planned new roads near Turoe and Tara.  
 
The articles were published at the 2 addresses provided below:
 
 
2) Indymedia (Ireland):
 
 
Regards to all,
 
Billy Finnerty.
 
PS: The text used for the above mentioned articles was based on that provided below:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Plan to put new road through middle of Iron Age Celtic oppidium

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Leading front page headlines on local newspapers (in East Galway, Republic of Ireland) report that Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) for the necessary land will be issued by local government authorities sometime around the beginning of January 2004.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The present plan for the new N6 Galway to Dublin Upgrade Road will take it right through the middle of the Celtic "Iron Age" Oppidium centred around Turoe & Knocknadala - which is thought to be the very FIRST to date to be identified in Ireland, and possibly the largest (by far) of all the 40 or so Celtic oppida yet found outside of Ireland (in places such as England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and Hungry).
 
For Ireland, the Iron Age roughly represents the period 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. 
 
The word oppidium is believed to be of Latin origin, and it was frequently used by Julius Caesar in his writings apparently to describe the kind of towns (or cities) which many of the Celtic peoples of his time inhabited.
 
Knocknadala - Cnoc-na-Dala in the Celtic language - literally means Hill-of-Parliament. 
 
One hundred or so miles to the east of Turoe & Knocknadala, there is a similar problem concerning a planned new road (called the M50) which is at present scheduled to run between the Hill of Tara, and the Hill of Skreen. 
 
By coincidence, the words Turoe and Tara come from the same Celtic word TEMHAIR - which is understood to mean SACRED PLACE.
 
With regard to these two new roads, the authorities in the Republic of Ireland appear to many to be (in effect) ignoring the principles set out under the terms of the Aarhus Convention - which has received MUCH praise from people such as Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

A petition has been sent to the European Parliament regarding the present route of the planned new road through Knocknadala. The text of the petition (dated September 22nd 2003) can be seen at:
http://www.finnachta.com/EuropeanParliamentPetition.htm
 
Further information on the Aarhus Convention can be found at:
http://www.finnachta.com/TheAarhusConvention.htm
 
Additional information relating to the Turoe & Knocknadala Oppidium can be found at:
 
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