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Tara & Turoe (and the Sixth World Archaeological Congress)

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From William Finnerty Wed Jul 2 11:47:01 2008
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William Finnerty <>  
Subject: Tara & Turoe (and the Sixth World Archaeological Congress)
To: "Claire Smith \(President of World Archaeological Congress)" <>, World Archaeological Congress Executive <>, "Nelson Mandela, Patron of the World Archaeological Congress" <>
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Dear Ms Smith,

Please note that I have only very recently got to know of your Sixth World Archaeological Congress (at present taking place in Dublin, Republic of Ireland).

Before your conference ends this coming Friday (July 4th 2008), and for the purpose of trying to ensure that similar heritage sites are better protected in future, I would like to draw your attention to the destruction (during recent years) of two heritage sites (located in the Republic of Ireland) which I believe were both very important.

1) The first was located at Baronstown, and information (including some aerial photographs taken shortly before destruction) can be found at the following location: .

I feel I should point out that the very large man-made heritage site shown at the address just above was close to the Great Banqueting Hall on the Hill of Tara, which is believed by many to be the home of Brehon Law -- which as you may already know, is thought by some to have been the oldest and most compassionate system of law ever used in Europe, and which survived in parts of Ireland up to the mid 1600s AD. 

Further information on King Ollamh Fodhla, the king most closely associated with Brehon Law, and who (according to the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, which was completed in 1636 AD) ruled Ireland for the forty year period between 1317 and 1277 BC, can be found at the following address: . (Incidentally, there are many people who believe that the word "Ulster" has evolved from the "Ollamh" part of King Ollamh Fodhla's name.)

2) The second man-made site I would now like to draw your attention to was located near the world famous Turoe Stone (believed to be the most important piece of Celtic stone-art in the world), and some photographs (taken before, and after, the site in question was destroyed) can be seen at the following location: .

I feel I should point out that the above site was located between the Hill of Grange and the Esker Riada - which, from a national heritage and cultural viewpoint, is probably the most important of Ireland's natural heritage monuments.

As you may already know, and not without reason, the Esker Riada is known in the Celtic language as "An Slí Mór", which literally translates to "The Great Highway". (Some further information on this 10,000 year old road, lengthy parts of which are still in use, can be found at .)

Some information on the nearby Turoe Stone can be found at: .

Finally, I believe it might (hopefully) be useful for me to point out to you and your colleagues that I wrote to a mixed group of people yesterday in connection with matters relating to the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (at present in progress), and that a copy of the e-mail in question can now be viewed at the following address: .

Yours sincerely,

William Finnerty.

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