UNESCO and Tara
Sent: 12 March 2005 00:14
To: Ohinata, Fumiko
Subject: can you help Tara?

To
Fumiko Ohinata
Europe and North America Unit
World Heritage Centre UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07SP, France
Fax: +33 (0)1.45.68.55.70
f.ohinata@unesco.org

Dear Mr Ohinata

I write to you in desperation with regard to the threatened construction of the M3 Toll Road between Tara and Skreen and the 30-acre commercial complex on the north slope of Tara in County Meath, Ireland. I am aware that Royal Tara and its Landscape Setting are not on the Tentative Irish List as a World Heritage Centre and that UNESCO is not in a position to safeguard it from inappropriate commercialisation.

The Irish government is presently facilitating highly inappropriate commercialisation at Tara while ignoring the objections raised by archaeological, historical, folklore and Celtic studies professionals from Ireland and from across the world. Thousands of ordinary citizens have also signed petitions to Save Tara. Links are shown below.

I know that the Operational Guidelines needs the government to submit to the World Heritage List. I believe that the government of Ireland has not submitted Tara because it has had other plans that it is now �fast-tracking�. These plans are to pull a fast one on the public by manipulating the system to allow big business to commercialise Tara. This in turn will finance the corrupt politicians. I do not have any confidence in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government of Irelands� ability to protect Tara from our corrupt politicians and their big business financiers.

Does it not concern you and your colleagues that Tara has not been listed as suitable for inclusion in the World Heritage List? Can you publicly encourage the Irish government to submit Tara and its Landscape Setting for inclusion as a World Heritage Site while also placing a �time freeze� on Tara and it�s Landscape Setting? If the World Heritage Centre cannot stop the commercial destruction of Tara by a corrupt cartel � then I wonder who can?

The destruction has already begun on the north slope of the Hill of Tara by an individual called McCarthy. He has prepared his 200 acres to accept the toll road interchange and commercial park by building giant earthen banks to obscure the line of view. He has had the land scraped clean, removing the topsoil with earth moving equipment at the weekends and there was / is no one to stop this powerful professional developer as he destroys the sacred valley of the Gabhra.

Can you do something to help Save Tara?

Yours sincerely,
Con Connor.

http://www.taraskryne.org/Academics.html
http://www.petitiononline.com/hilltara/petition.html
http://www.petitiononline.com/Temair/petition.html

Dear Mr Connor,

Thank you very much for your message concerning the construction of the M3 Toll road between Tara and Skreen in the vicinity of the World Heritage site of the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne. Please be assured that we will pass on your message to the Irish natinal authorities and the Advisory Body ICOMOS for their comments.

As you correctly mentioned in your message, Hill of Tara is not part of the World Heritage site and not on the Tentative List of Ireland.

I would like to bring to your attention, nevertheless, that the World Heritage Centre has previously corresponded with the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Govenrement on this issue. By the e-mail of 7 February 2005, they indicated that the projected roadway is further from the Hill of Tara than the exisiting National Route which traverses the region.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Yours sincerely,
Fumiko Ohinata
Europe and North America Unit
World Heritage Centre
UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07SP, France
Tel: +33 (0)1.45.68.18.92 (direct)
Fax: +33 (0)1.45.68.55.70
f.ohinata@unesco.org

Sent: 14 March 2005 12:14
To: Ohinata, Fumiko
Subject: stop the destruction

Dear Mr Ohinata,

Thank you very much for your swift reply concerning the construction of the M3 Toll Road between Tara and Skreen. Thank you also for your assurance that you will pass my message to the Irish national authorities and the Advisory Body ICOMOS.

I am pleased to hear that the World Heritage Centre has previously corresponded with the Irish authorities on this issue. But when the Irish authorities indicate that the proposed toll road (M3) is further from the Hill of Tara than the exisiting National Route (N3), they are very clearly ignoring the important submissions from the detailed study of the archaeology, history, literature and topography of Tara from the Discovery Program. Many professionals and private individuals have spoken out against the M3 being forced through Blundelstown and the Tara Skreen Valley. This is the Landscape Setting of the Royal Complex of Tara: which is an 'archaeological area' of exceptional importance for the whole world.

I am concerned with the part of the M3 that runs through the Tara/Skryne Valley and its associated interchange / 30 acre commercial park at Blundelstown.

This toll road will have a serious detrimental impact upon the existing ambience of the natural and annotated landscape setting of the Tara / Skryne valley and hinterland. The obvious impact is the unnatural separation of Tara from Skryne by this new toll road destroying the landscape setting and existing ease of access between these temple complexes forever. The M3 would have a corridor 1.25 km wide, which facilitates rezoning and progressively destroying the valley. The sensory impact is from a mixture of vastly increased sound, light and air pollution in the upland valley running north / south between the two complexes of monuments, thus destroying their peace and beauty. These combined pollutants reduce the relaxing and peaceful experience of being on Tara. The invisible impact is the disruption of the vibrational harmony by the toll-road traffic on the Subtle Energy Field at the sacred sites and on the underground streams that supply the world famous Holy Wells. This is the magical feeling at Tara that many visitors talk about with great happiness. Tara and Skryne Valley is an area of very special natural and built heritage that has withstood centuries of unrestricted development.

There has not been any in-depth survey, investigation or assessment to my satisfaction of the detrimental effects of the proposed M3 on the archaeological importance of the valley between the two sacred hilltops. The effects of this new motorway within a mile of Tara on the positive qualities of the area are daunting even without a survey by academics. There is, in my opinion, no actual need for the M3 to go through this beautiful upland valley.

With the current proposal for a new toll road, the northern slope of the Hill of Tara is to have a major roundabout with commercial development and the associated infrastructure forced upon it. The proposed new motorway roundabout at Blundelstown is less then one mile north of the centre of Tara - but much of the development is to be built inside this distance upon the slopes of the Hill of Tara itself. Should this become a managed attraction, this would be a mere 10-minute walk downhill from the state managed lands at Tara. This commercial development will impact on Tara through a mixture of sound, light and air pollution. This will also affect the water table at Tara and possibly even drain and destroy the six famous ancient Holy Wells. The visual impact can only be detrimental to the harmony and landscape setting of one of Irelands best known and most loved of all sacred sites.

I point to the existing hidden disused railway line three miles west of Tara as a much better option for the perceived need for a new motorway, which could run along side the railway in this sensitive area. It is my belief that there is no real need to locate a new major motorway / roundabout / commercial complex on the northern slope of the Hill of Tara for any reason other than commercial profiteering.

The question I ask you to ask, is why was this obvious choice of re-using the disused railway line as a route not automatically taken and developed by the professional planners? The option of using this disused railway route could allow the re-location of the N3 and M3 roundabout interchange north of Navan Town, thereby not interfering with Tara at all.

Given the number of commissions and tribunals into land planning corruption it may be the case that the public do have something to be concerned about, particularly where, if the road were to go through the beautiful valley between Tara and Skryne then significant commercial value will be attributable to the lands at Blundelstown. As stated in my previous letter to you this Blundelstown area is mostly owned by one-man -Mr McCarthy, and it seems he is already preparing to build.

Can you help stop the destruction of the Landscape Setting of the Hill of Tara before it is too late? Can you direct me to someone who can stop this madness?

Yours Sincerely,

Con Connor


Dear Mr Connor,

I hereby acknowledge your second message of 14 March 2005.
Please be assured that we will transmit your message to the national authorities concerned and the Advisory Body ICOMOS for their comments.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Best wishes,
Fumiko Ohinata
Europe and North America Unit
World Heritage Centre
UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07SP, France
Tel: +33 (0)1.45.68.18.92 (direct)
Fax: +33 (0)1.45.68.55.70
f.ohinata@unesco.org


15 March 2005

Dear Mr. Ohinata,
thank you for your swift reply and for your assurance that you will transmit my message to the national authorities concerned and the Advisory Body ICOMOS for their comments.

May I say that I wish that our government can be encouraged to live up to the spirit of the World Heritage Convention and that they are not allowed to dodge their international responsibilities with regard to the protection of the Landscape Setting of the Demesne of Tara.

Yours Sincerely,

Con Connor

my comment to you -

it seems that all polite messages to Mr Ohinata of Unesco get a response and also get forwarded to our "national authorities concerned and the Advisory Body ICOMOS for their comments". By this I would understand that our gov. will respond to UNESCO transmissions that are sent by you and I. I suggest that a wave of such polite emails may be another way help to wear down the arrogant attitude of our gov. I propose that people world wide now express their concerns (politely) to UNESCO who will pass them to the Irish gov.
You need to include your full name,address and phone number with your email address or else you will not get a reply.

I have just been informed by a friend -
Mr Ohinata is a very young, polite and pretty MISS Ohinata and Japanese therefore very, very, very polite!!!

second email to UNESCO

Hi there,

Forwarding the e-mail I sent, plus the reply from UNESCO for your information. I'm sure it is a standard response. Very depressing.

Kim Montia


"Ohinata, Fumiko" wrote:
Dear Ms Montia,

I would like to acknowledge with thanks your message of 16 July 2005 concerning the development project in the vicinity of Tara. Please be informed that Tara is not a part of the the World Heritage site of the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne and not on the Tentative List of Ireland and therefore UNESCO World Heritage Centre is currently not in a position to give assistance to safeguard the area of your concern. In accordance with the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of ! the World Heritage Convention, each State Party to the Convention is encouraged to submit a Tentative List of the properties it intends to nominate or extend for inscription to the World Heritage List. This Tentative List constitutes the 'inventory' of the cultural or natural properties situated within the territory of the State Party and which are considered suitable for inclusion in the World Heritage List. You may wish to contact the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government of Ireland for more information.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the activities of the World Heritage Centre.

Best wishes,
Fumiko Ohinata
Europe and North America Unit
World Heritage Centre
UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07SP, France
Tel: +33 (0)1.45.68.18.92 (direct)
Fax: +33 (0)1.45.68.55.70
f.ohinata@unesco.org
Sent: 16 July 2005 16:07
To: Ohinata, Fumiko
Subject: Can you help Tara?



Miss Fumiko Ohinata
Europe & N. America Unit Killough
World Heritage Centre UNESCO Downpatrick
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07SP Co. Down
France BT30 7QH 16th July 2005

Dear Miss Ohinata

I am writing to ask for your help in putting pressure on the Irish government to stop the Tara Valley road development. This site is both sacred and historic, and it is being destroyed for purely commercial purposes. Once such a site is ripped apart, it is lost and gone forever. What is happening here is an insult both to Ireland's history and her spirit. It is my fervent belief that Tara should be protected. It is the duty of any government to protect the historical features
of its nation.

With deep respect I ask for your help.

Yours sincerely

Kim Montia
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