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SOS SLIABHNAMBAN

We have raised �2,696.62 on this site so far! Thank you to all who have donated, it is much appreciated.

However we still need to raise a further �3,500 to continue our fight to protect the foothills of Sliabh na mBan.

The Iconic Mountain of Sliabhnamban, (Slievenamon), its foothills and the Suir Valley are under threat from giant industrial wind turbines. 

We have successfully beaten the wind energy company at local authority planning - Tipperary County Council has refused planning permission for this development. However the company has now appealed to An Bord Plean�la. They appealed on the very same day that tens of thousands of people sang 'Sliabh na mBan' in Semple Stadium in celebration of Tipperary's historic All Ireland Hurling double success.

We are currently working hard to raise funds to stop commercial energy companies from destroying our environment, landscape, heritage, wildlife and communities by erecting these turbines.

Whether you are pro or anti wind turbine doesn't matter...all you need to ask yourself is whether Sliabhnamban is worth protecting from 126.5 metre high wind turbines.

The Suir Valley Environmental Group is a community group set up to inform and update people in the Sliabhnamban and Suir Valley area about environmental concerns and how to protect our heritage, flora and fauna.

Please keep spreading the word and sharing our fundraiser so we can raise the rest of the money!


overview

Sliabhnamban, or Slievenamon in English, is a culturally iconic mountain which lives in the imagination of the people of Tipperary and Irish people throughout the world. It is a mountain steeped in history, myth and legend, about which songs are sung and stories told. 

The mountain is called Sliabh-na-mBan, or 'The Mountain of the Women', after the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill who was sought after by many young women, but he could only choose one wife. His wife would be whichever woman won a footrace to the top of the mountain. Fionn stood on the cairn atop the mountain and gave a signal to begin the race. The winner was Gráinne.  

The song Sliabhnamban, written in the 19th century by revolutionary and poet Charles J Kickham, is a famous patriotic and romantic song about an exile who longs "to see our flag unrolled and my true love to enfold/ in the valley near Sliabhnamban". It is the unofficial anthem of County Tipperary.

The Irish Tricolour was first flown publicly by Thomas Francis Meagher in his native Waterford on March 7, 1848. After taking part in the 1848 Famine Rebellion, Meagher was arrested and accused of high treason. On July 16, just before his trial, Meagher visited Sliabhnamban to give a speech to 50,000 people. While wearing a tricolour sash, Meagher fulfilled his earlier promise, baptising the country with the new flag saying, '...I ambition to decorate these hills with the flag of my country'.

In the same area we are lucky enough to have the unique 6000 year old megalithic passage tomb at Knockroe, Co.Kilkenny, in the foothills of Sliabhnamban. This passage tomb is similar to Newgrange in its decorative surfaces and is the most extensively decorated passage tomb complex in Ireland outside of the Boyne Valley which includes Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Knockroe is visited by thousands of people every year, in particular on 21st December to see the morning and evening solar alignments during the Winter Solstice. Knockroe is unique because it is the only passage tomb in the world with both a sunrise and a sunset solar alignment. Experts suggest that the unexcavated cairn atop Sliabhnamban and at Baunfree on nearby Kilmacoliver Hill may be connected to this passage tomb, making this whole area a gem in the Neolithic history of Ireland. 

At the summits of Curraghdobbin and Carrigadoon, the foothills of Sliabhnamban, stand two of the largest hillforts in Ireland. Curraghdobbin's hillfort is of the stone-bank fort type and one of only a handful in Ireland. These two hills stand at the centre of plans by a private company to erect 8 wind turbines which will result in the destruction of any remaining archaeological evidence. 

Just a couple of miles from Knockroe are the world famous Western Ossory High Crosses, or the Ahenny High Crosses, which are situated in the pretty mining village of Ahenny. This two street village was built by the Victoria Slate Mining Quarries Company in the 1860s for their workers. Now only one of the original streets, Vickers’ Street, remains in its entirety. Modelled on quarry workers’ cottages in Wales, these houses were the finest workers’ cottages in the area at the time, boasting slate roofs, clay floors and latticed windows. 

As incredible as it may seem, all the heritage and history described above is under threat and will be destroyed if we do not take a stand today and stop the industrialisation of this area by private wind energy companies.  

What can you do? 

Please donate what you can to our cause. We need to employ experts and consultants to help us in our battle to save Sliabhnamban and they are not cheap! Our local residents have supported us thus far but it's time to spread the net wider and ask anyone who has any connection to or who cares for Sliabhnamban to donate whatever you can to our cause. 

where your money goes

Your money will be used to pay a professional consultant who guides us in our legal battle against a private wind energy company. 

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Faugheen, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary

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