Tara Hill added to World’s most endangered sites list

As predicted in the Irish Times[subs req], today the World Monuments Fund has added the Hill of Tara to their 2008 World Monuments Watch list of 100 most endangered heritage sites[pdf file]. Paul Muldoon’s recent New York Times article is worth highlighting again. The WMF press release also adds

Often historic sites suffer in the interest of short-term gains that result in long-term losses. New construction often means destruction of historic places. The 2008 Watch List includes a broad range of sites facing encroachment or outright destruction, such as:
• Tara Hill, Ireland, a sacred landscape at the very heart of historic Ireland, now threatened by a highway meant to ease the commute from Dublin.

The RTÉ report has this from a spokesman for the Minister

A spokesman for the Minister said he would not be commenting on the announcement from the World Monument Fund until he had received and read material from the organisation.

But, the Hill of Tara isn’t the only site on this island that has been included on the list[pdf file].

Also added to the 2008 list is Vernon Mount, Cork which they cite as being threatened by neglect and inappropriate prior conservation.

and Richhill House, Armagh City, Northern Ireland which the panel say is threatened by structural damage and a lack of resources.. perhaps the Minister for the Environment here would comment as well?

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  • Ulster McNulty

    Will this make any difference? Am I being naive when I imagine this might shame the authorites into affording proper protection for Ireland’s heritage?

  • Maggot

    Bertie should remember what happened to the Taliban after they destroyed the statues at Bamyan.

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Wonder if this is on the agenda at the FF/GP coalition talks?

  • Aquifer

    There was another route away from the Tara complex but they did not bother taking it, and the rationale for motorways was weak in the first place. Fast roads with passing lanes are better value and improve safety. Lamentable public policy practice. The Assembly would have to try hard to do worse.

  • páid


    tá súil agam go bhfuil.

    Ta bealach eile ann chun Gleann Teamhra is Scrín a sheachaint.

    Ni bheidh na Glasaithe in ann na motorbhealaí nua a stopadh, mar sin féin.

  • Pete Baker


    Tarawatch are certainly trying to put in on that agenda.

  • splurge

    Guys, Tara is just a field and the new motorway is farther from it than the existing main road. Most of the so called history is makey uppy new age twaddle. We are not bulldozing Newgrange or blowing up giant buddhas – there is no comparison. Remember what happened to Navan Fort/Eaman Macha – nobody visited it!

    Give me roads any day and leave the middle class old anarchists to their whinging.

  • Ulster McNulty


    “what happened to Navan Fort/Eaman Macha – nobody visited it!”

    I did, but I didn’t spend any money in the visitors centre – they closed down the visitors centre – they didn’t close down Navan fort.

  • Wilde Rover

    So how will history remember you Bertie, as Bertie the Brave, for pulling back from the brink, or Bertie the Barbarian, for cutting a big road through Tara that just filled up with more cars anyway?

  • pith


    It’s not about the number of visitors.