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Sundering of long-standing Irish cedar tree

Written in Irish Issues: 12/04/10, 13:07:11 by admin  | Print article  | View all categories.
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[b]Sundering of long-standing cedar tree may be a portent for our times[/b]

A LARGE CEDAR tree of historical significance has split in two in Co Meath, in circumstances that have revived local interest in “sacred” trees – and the omens attached to them.

The 270-year-old cedar, located on the lands of the Spiritans – otherwise known as the Holy Ghost Fathers – in Ardbraccan, near Navan, Co Meath, was severely damaged in an apparent thunderstorm earlier this week.

A local historian has highlighted the tree’s proximity to the Bile Tortain, which was one of five sacred trees in Celtic Ireland. It fell more than 1,000 years ago, in the area of Ardbraccan. According to legend, the fall of a sacred tree was followed by a catastrophic change in the world order.

Martin Dier, assistant secretary of Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, pointed out the fall of the Bile Tortain was followed by the fall of the reign of the sons of Aed Sláne.

“How strange then that this magnificent cedar, which is a modern day contender for the role of Bile Tortain, would have seen the birth of sovereignty in 1900s Ireland, has seen the end of our economic sovereignty less than a century later,” he said.

Read Alison Healy's full story at the Irish Times.