An Official Declaration From
Ord Draiochta Na Uisnech
The World turns and the cycles of nature continue. The Wheel of time turns and progress marches forth. It is not for any one person or group to stop the change of the stars. But when that progress threatens historic and spiritual centers and our connection to the Ancestors, action needs to be taken.
It has been published on the Internet that our brothers and sisters in spirit are fighting a fight to save the Hill of Uisnech and Tara itself from a motorway that is planned to pass within a killometer of the Hill of Tara and the Mound of Hostages. While we live in a modern day and age, and understand that this may actually be needed, we feel that a more suitable location can be found.
We as an Irish Druidic order hold Tara in a special place in our heart and our Order’s rites. We hope to be able to make a pilgrimage one day and have a ritual in the home and ruling seat of our ancestors. It is the traditional place of kingship of Ireland; it is a place that is sacred to many Druids worldwide.
If the current plans go forward, this will be impossible. Having a sacred ritual in the middle of a a cloverleaf bypass does not have the same impact as having it on a sacred hilltop. These areas are not only national treasures, but speak to the hearts and souls of many across the planet. They are treasures to all and should be treated this way. Look at the damage that simply having a highway nearby has done to Stonehenge.
Though we are geographically far removed from the physical landscape of Ireland and the sacred precinct of Tara we hold the sacred places of our ancestors in our hearts. We offer our support in this noble endeavor, being all too aware of the damage and destruction of native sacred sites in our own country. We live in time that the past is often forgotten and the importance once placed on the sacredness of the land has given way to the almighty dollar. As Druids living a path that believes the land is sacred in every way we cannot sit back and allow such horrible thing to occur to a place as culturally and historically important as Tara.
Tourists flock to Blarney Castle, to kiss the Blarney stone and to Westminster Abbey to see the Stone of Scone, to Glastonbury to see Stonehenge, and many come to see Tara, the seat of all the rulers of Ireland in song and story. We feel this would be a cultural disaster if this site were to be lost to the march of “progress”. This is the kind of progress that takes more than it gives back.
For centuries Europe, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland have been very diligent in protecting their historical treasures. Because of this, many people who would have no clue who William Wallace and Henry V were have been able to make contact with that, and find the trove of history preserved nearly intact down through the ages, despite two world wars and a host of other invasions and problems. It would be a shame to loose that history now just to have another place where the passerby can buy Gucci shoes and spend more money.
If precedents like this become normal, one could reasonably expect that next The Parthenon be torn down to make way for a housing project, or Hannibal’s Route through the Alps be smoothed out and paved, or the city of Pompeii be torn up to make way for another shopping center.
Those who are doing the physical work and organization to protect this place will be mentioned in our prayers and our rites. We will work on the spiritual level to aid and assist and we will further aid this noble cause by helping spread the word, Tara must be saved!
Sincerely the Members of
The Druid Order of Uisnech
Kenneth R. White
Eric “Daven” Landrum