Drumlish residents to extend cemetery

Drumlish Cemetery Committee: Terry Cooney, Gerry Brady, Vanessa Gill, Chairman Seamus Furey, Olivia Furey, Martin Mulleady and Tommy McAvey. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
With just four burial plots remaining in their local cemetery, a local community group is undertaking a major fundraiser to finance an extension of its cemetery grounds.

With just four burial plots remaining in their local cemetery, a local community group is undertaking a major fundraiser to finance an extension of its cemetery grounds.

For the past 18 months concerns have steadily grown over capacity levels at Barraghmore Cemetery, just outside Drumlish village.

Back then, only nine available plots remained. But now only four plots are available leaving locals facing the possibility of having to bury their loved ones outside of the parish.

In a bid to address the situation, residents formed a volunteer group and have agreed to the purchase of a two acre plot of land beside the village’s existing cemetery.

“The land is bought subject to planning,” said chairperson Seamus Furey earlier this week.

The retired construction worker is one of five committee members behind the community based effort which has gradually taken on a whole new emphasis as time has worn on.

Even the relatively basic need to set up a steering group has perhaps presented more challenges many, including Seamus, originally thought possible.

“We engaged a solicitor and got told we needed to form a limited company and we have had meetings with the council too,” he said.

Those talks, however laborious, appeared to have paid off with officials agreeing to provide support for the proposed development of a car park.

That’s further down the line though, according to Seamus who insisted the more immediate focus concerned raising funding at a local level.

“We need 30 per cent in the bank before we can borrow,” he said, before revealing approaches to both the Department of Environment and National Lottery fell on deaf ears.

Despite that setback, the committee plan on hosting a draw at the end of the month and have appealed for others wishing to provide support to contact them.

Cllr Martin Mulleady, one of the main catalysts in helping further the group’s bid, said urgency was now the order of the day.

“If there was ever a bad accident, you wouldn’t have a cemetery left to bury people in,” he warned.