Press Release 26 Aug 2010

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A celebration of culture and heritage through poetry and music will be held at the Hill of Tara, Co Meath 3-5pm this Sunday 29th Aug, 2010. Headlining the 3rd Feis Teamhra event this year are prestigious Poets including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon and esteemed Writers Colm Tóibín and Michael Longley winners of countless literary awards. The musical contribution will be provided by foremost Irish Harper Laoise Kelly and Grammy Award winning Singer/ Songwriter Susan McKeown accompanied by Guitar Virtuoso Aidan Brennan.

Prior to the Feis Teamhra, many of these honoured guests will take part in a short Wreath Laying Ceremony at Collierstown Cairn which was erected by Tara campaigners in 2009 to commemorate those who were removed from their sacred burial grounds during excavations for the M3 Motorway. At Collierstown alone, it is estimated that over 62 remains including infants were disinterred and many more were removed along the route at other archaeological sites.

The Tara Skryne Preservation Group calls on the Irish Govt and the Director of the National Musuem of Ireland to re-inter these remains in a dignified and respectful manner, as close as possible to their original places of burial. This call has been given the support of the World Archaeological Congress in Dublin 2008 who drew attention to the Vermillion Accord which states that “Respect for the mortal remains of the dead shall be accorded to all, irrespective of origin, race, religion, nationality, custom and tradition”.

TSPG would like to sincerely thank Colm Toibin, Paul Muldoon, Susan McKeown and Aidan Brennan in particular for their work in raising awareness of this issue. Currently Tara campaigners have an online petition supporting the reburials which has nearly 2000 signatures including Actor Stuart Townsend, another prominent Tara campaigner, as well as approximately 5000 signatures which have been collected on the ground.

Le meas, Carmel Diviney, Secretary, Tara Skryne Preservation Group.

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