Tara. The Hill of Tara. Cnoc an Teamhrach. Images of High Kings and ancient monuments spring to mind. This rich and varied site has had many uses over it’s history. Tradition tells us that it was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and has associations with Chú Chulainn and other mythological characters. During the 1798 rebellion it was the location of a rebel camp. Daily, tourists, visitors and locals alike visit this distinctive place, each taking away a unique experience. This place is full of ritual and significance; from ancient rituals such as the throning of the High King of Ireland, to Samhain and Imbolc gatherings to the ritual of a daily walk with the dog. So what does Tara mean to you?


Artist Michael Fortune wants to know about your Tara. My Tara is a project which considers the various relationships people have with the Hill of Tara in County Meath. Between now and September 2013 the artist is inviting people to become involved in the project by contributing their stories and photographs to compile a broad range of personal experiences of Tara. These accounts will be published on this website, a Facebook page and a selection will be included in a limited edition photographic-based publication which will be launched later in the year.


Stories and photos can be about something which happened 5 minutes, 5 years or 50 years ago; a family pic taken when a relation was home from abroad; an account of a walk you regularly take there; an early morning sunrise you witnessed from the site etc. Contributions are welcome from anyone; local residents, visitors, international tourists; natives and strangers alike.


To be part of this project please send Michael your photos and stories by email (mytaraproject@gmail.com) or the Facebook page (My Tara Project). If these methods don't suit feel free to contact him by phone and you can arrange to meet Michael on phone at 087 6470247.


The project has been supported by the Arts and Heritage Office's of Meath County Council and is part of their ongoing creative exploration of  Tara.

 

My Tara

MY TARA

A Project by Michael Fortune