Royal Irish Sites presentation by Dept of Environment
- [You can download the Dept. of Environment Powerpoint presentation on Royal Irish Sites from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hilloftara/files/UNESCO/ or http://www.mediafire.com/?jmtzqzwhzol
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Here is the text of the relevant section:
Potential Sites for Inclusion – Dun Ailinne (as part of Royal Sites serial nomination)
Cashel (the kings of Munster),
Dun Ailinne (the kings of Leinster),
Hill of Uisneach (epicentre (“navel”) of Ireland where the five provinces met),
Rathcroghan (the kings of Connaught) and
Tara (the kings of Meath)
Each except for Cashel were important centres since the Neolithic period
The Royal Sites represent unique expressions of Irish society as places of royal inauguration, ceremony and assembly representing each of the five provinces of Ancient Ireland
The myths, legends and folklore associated with the sites are indicative of their role in the early indigenous belief systems of Ireland and in the transition to Christianity
The sites contain an array of monuments such as Bronze Age tumuli, ring-forts and Christian architecture
NOTE: The Department says that there is no official co-operation taking place with the North on Eamhain macha, but that if the serial nomination goes ahead, then they will begin that process.
Apparently, the last meeting of the expert advisory panel took place last Friday, and then next step is finalising the proposed Tentative List.