A new cemetery is to be developed in Drumlish and a major fundraiser gets underway next weekend for the project.
The annual Miss Diva competition which takes place at the Village Inn on Sunday next, December 14 will see twelve men from the parishes of Drumlish, Newtownforbes and Killoe battle it out to take over the reigns from last year’s winner Paddy Quinn aka Marilyn Monroe. All monies raised on the night will be provided to the New Cemetery Development Fund.
A site has been purchased by the local committee which was established in May 2012, after a group of volunteers gathered together with a view towards securing a site for a new cemetery. “In the last 18 months the committee has purchased a site adjacent to the current cemetery and planning permission has been granted for a new cemetery with car park,” Olivia Fury told the Leader. “To date we have raised over €20,000 for this project and it is expected that phase 1 of the development will begin in January.”
It is anticipated at this stage that the new cemetery in the north Longford parish will be completed by early spring and plots will be available for purchase. “A three grave plot will also be available for the reduced rate of €700 for the first six months,” added Ms Fury. “I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for all their generous support to date and a very Happy Christmas to you all.”
The fundraiser kicks off at 9pm and aside from the crowning of the Diva herself, there will be some wonderful door prizes up for grabs, a raffle and plenty of musical entertainment. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.
The Heritage Council of Ireland says that graveyards are “places of intense human activity”. “Along with providing a resting place for our departed and a place of remembrance, graveyards are of immense heritage value as sites of archaeological and architectural interest, as wildlife habitats and as repositories of local genealogy, sculpture and art,” said a spokesperson. “Across the Irish landscape countless generations erected churches for worship, round towers, enclosure walls, crypts and gravestones. Together all of these elements provide a huge source of information on worship, sorrow and loss, memory and identity. A visit to a cemetery brings us very close to families and communities.”