King Ollamh Fodhla e-mail dated September 3rd 2005

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With the coming "Heritage Week 2005 (Ireland)" in mind, which will be held during the 4th to the 11th of September, a new website has recently been started at the Internet address provided below - which is in memory of King Ollamh Fodhla.

"Heritage Week" is a week-long celebration of "who we are and where we’ve come from"; and, it is part of "European Heritage Days", a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

According to the "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters", completed in 1632, King Ollamh Fodhla reigned over Ireland for the 40 year period between 1317 - 1277 BC.

One of several curious facts concerning King Ollamh Fodhla is that he appears to have been completely "written out" of standard Irish history books during the past several generations, even though he is probably the most important - by far - of all the kings of Ireland.

The reason for this strange omission is not known.

Although few people appear to be aware of the fact (at the present time), King Ollamh Fodhla is very closely linked with the Hill of Tara, and with Brehon Law - a legal system which has been described as "the oldest and perhaps most humane collection of laws in Europe".

Partly for the purpose of trying to ensure that very ancient heritage sites in the Hill of Tara area get the attention and protection they deserve, especially in connection with the planned new "M3 Toll Road Project" - which may soon (possibly?) result in the construction of a major new motorway through the Tara / Skreen Valley - a varied selection of text references relating to King Ollamh Fodhla has been compiled and placed at the following new website:

Among other things, it is hoped that all archaeologists, and indeed everyone involved with the planned M3 motorway project, may wish to keep the above mentioned information regarding King Ollamh Fodhla in mind.

A copy of this e-mail will later be placed at the following Internet address:

Some may find it useful to know that translation facilities for several of the most commonly used languages have been placed at the Internet address immediately above.

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  1. The right of everyone to receive environmental information that is held by public authorities (“access to environmental information”). This can include information on the state of the environment, but also on policies or measures taken, or on the state of human health and safety where this can be affected by the state of the environment. Citizens are entitled to obtain this information within one month of the request and without having to say why they require it. In addition, public authorities are obliged, under the Convention, to actively disseminate environmental information in their possession;

  2. The right to participate from an early stage in environmental decision-making. Arrangements are to be made by public authorities to enable citizens and environmental organisations to comment on, for example, proposals for projects affecting the environment, or plans and programmes relating to the environment, these comments to be taken into due account in decision-making, and information to be provided on the final decisions and the reasons for it (“public participation in environmental decision-making”);

  3. The right to challenge, in a court of law, public decisions that have been made without respecting the two aforementioned rights or environmental law in general (“access to justice”).

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The above quote was taken from on October 23rd 2004.



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