9021RE: [savetara.com] crowning a High King
- Apr 3, 2013
Dear Mr McElroy,
You seem to be confusing Republicanism with Nationalism. An unfortunately common misunderstanding.
Also, yes I am aware of the human harp photo.
And yes it is "an inauthentic, superficial and banal unfurling of 'A new High King'" that’s the whole point - it's a piece of theater. This is a Living History Event.
I did not mean to imply that all protesters were deliberately damaging to the site but I believe a significant enough portion did damage enough to justify my comments.
(response from Fran DeVenney)
Dear Mr De Venney,
You raise a few points that I cannot resist addressing:
Firstly, you say "Ireland is a republic". Well, in my scheme of things, Ireland covers 32 counties and it's only a republic when it includes 32 counties.
Secondly, you are a little misinformed or cloudy in your vision re. the M3 protesters. THEY DID ORGANISE AWARENESS RAISING EXERCISES (perhaps you were not familiar with them!?)The CST (Campaign to save Tara) for instance organised a Human Harp event on September 24, 2007, to which 1,500 people flocked. This was overseen by an international environmental aerial photographer and was an extremely graphic and eye catching event.
Thirdly, local community groups or not, this event is tied in with a cynical aspect which emanates from the whole 'Gathering' initiative: to make money exceedingly quickly, and exploit visitors with cynical gimmicks - in this case, the Hill of Tara with an inauthentic, superficial and banal unfurling of 'A new High King'.
Finally, it serves no purpose, to disparage or demean the M3 protesters; if nothing else, it merely falls into the perennial propaganda trap, that such people are hippies or 'crusties'. It also is an exemplar of 'generalising' and 'stereotyping.
Is mise le meas,
Roibeard McGiolla Rua
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