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Grim discovery for family on cemetery visit

Bone pieces and coffin parts found in Ballymacormack Cemetery. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Bone pieces and coffin parts found in Ballymacormack Cemetery. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Paying a visit to Longford’s Ballymacormack Cemetery recently, one local man and his family made a grim discovery.

Visiting the old part of the cemetery, the family were shocked to come across human remains and pieces of coffin lying on the ground.

Speaking to the Leader, the man in question explained that he and his family were paying their respects to the people they knew, when their children wandered off and discovered fragments of bones on the ground.

On first inspection, he admitted that he thought nothing of it, before taking a closer look.

“I thought they were chicken bones or that until I saw the skull and coffin,” he said.

Though keen to point out that the cemetery is always very well kept and taken care of, the man stated, “Every human being deserves to be buried and I would not like my bones to be found by kids in years to come.”

When informed of the discovery, Longford County Council reported the matter to the Gardaí.

Later that day, a Council spokesperson confirmed that the Gardaí had investigated the matter.

“Their investigation is now complete and on their recommendation no further action is deemed necessary,” the spokesman told the Leader.

The remains were buried later on in the day, at a ceremony performed by Fr Tom Healy and attended by Kieran Woods, Cemetery Caretaker, Acting Superintendent Fran Nicholson, Sergeant Ursula Hussey and Town Clerk Dan Rooney.

 

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