Posted by: mdmusingsie | June 6, 2010

A Knife to the Heart

It is with great sadness that I must report that the M3 has been officially opened as of Friday, June 4th, 2010. For those who aren’t aware, this is the motorway that goes through the heart of Ireland – the Hill of Tara complex. Tara Hill is where the high kings of Ireland were crowned and is one of the most sacred sites in all of Ireland.

Years of protests and condemnation by high profile critics and celebrities could not stop the desecration. How controversial was it?

“Security was unprecedented for an event like this.
The opening was by invitation only and there were Garda checkpoints at the Athboy interchange where the protesters gloomily gathered at least 2km (1.25 miles) away.”
The Irish Times, June 5th, 2010

 “This is the first time the list {UNESCO World Heritage Sites} has been revised. When Ireland signed the convention you are supposed to revise your list every ten years. This list hasn’t been revised since 1992 so Ireland is actually in breach of the convention. “If it had been done back in 2002, chances are the motorway wouldn’t be up there in Tara now. Only in Ireland would they build a motorway through a site and then ask UNESCO to declare it a world heritage site.” – April 15, 2010 posting from the Irish Daily Mail

Look at the map on the following site: Would it really have raised the commute time that much to move the roadway a few dozen meters so that it did not unceremoniously plow right through the complex? Although I cannot claim Irish heritage in this life, I can claim Celtic heritage and therefore am heartbroken that this rape of the land was allowed to fully manifest.

“In my travels to assorted places both locally and around the world I am struck by how often those who live closest to national, historic, or heritage sites have never been to visit them. We seldom appreciate the people, places, and things around us until they are gone; never to return.” –

What’s next – a McDonald’s and a Starbucks at the top of the hill?

There are some places in this world where progress is just not worth the cost. This was one of them. May the ancients protect us from any more examples of this kind of progress.

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