Glen of the Downs


NEW - AUG 2006 - message from Skadi meic Beorh

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      treehouse2 pic   this treehouse was occupied by Mr Dermet Murphy who represented the people of Ireland in the judicial defense of the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve, under threat from Euroroute 1      
      autumn 97, when those on the ground were in danger of being flooded as the stream changed into a roaring river (see lower right of pic) - which resulted in them moving to more solid foundations on the other side to establish a Celtic round-house in a car-park
   ground camp pic


fireside pic  
another pic from Autumn 97 - drying off round the fire, a regular ritual, a regular necessity even      
      built by Jeff in October 97 for Phil to live in, it was strategically placed as part of a defensive network of other tree-houses and was continually occupied by Dara, Tekla, Sally & others    treehouse1 pic      

More info on Glen of the Downs

21 Nov 00 - Glen of the Downs questionnaire
14 Apr 00 - Glen of the Downs protestors freed
7 Apr 00 - hunger strike + further protests
12 Mar 00 - letter to Sile De Valera + more info
11 Mar 00 - climbers needed at Glen of the Downs
25 Feb 00 - 13 Glen Campaigners imprisoned
28 Jan 00 - Glen of the Downs - clearance started
17 Dec 99 - Glen of the Downs - appeal rejected
13 Dec 99 - Glen of the Downs - loses in High Court
12 Dec 99 - Glen of the Downs - December updates
14 Mar 99 - Glen of the Downs - new website
29 Oct 98 - Glen of the Downs - December updates
24 Jun 98 - road camps - contact list
30 Jan 98 - Woodland Action Society (Ireland)
16 Jan 98 - Eire - Glen of the Downs (Co Wicklow)
18 Sep 97 - Glen of the Downs Action Camp
23 Jul 97 - Glen of the Downs for the Chop????

I was a warm body in the Glen from November 1997 through St. Paddy's Day of 1998, with a month away at Emhain Macha just after Christmas.
I want to thank you for keeping the Glen website updated, and I have a request, actually for all of us. If this has not been done, would someone please go into the East side of the glen and photograph the ancient ash trees there? There are one or two very old ones, one with a hole in its trunk where some of us used to sit for quiet and rest. There are a few more, a bit younger, not far from the Octagon. Also, there are one or two ancient oak trees on the west side, quite a ways up. Black and white photos would be better, I think, but color would suffice. Photos of these majestic trees would be a true treasure for anyone in the world to see. I am sure that many people, in Ireland and elsewhere, do not know these trees exist. At least I hope they are still there. I hope the road did not go that high into the hills.
I would like to hear from others who were there.
Skadi meic Beorh  (Aug 2006) /

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