Community rallies for oldest graveyard

Tubberpatrick Restoration Committee front left to right Peggy Conefrey, Kathleen Conefrey, Angela Dolan, Bernie Hagan, Bridie Kiernan, Mel Maguire, Joe Maguire and Peter Cosgrove.  Back from left to right  John Dolan, John Duffy, Peter Mimnagh, Luie McEntire and Peggy Kiernan.  Missing from picture Tony Farrell, Mal Brennan  Willie Healy and Lesley Donahoe
The restoration of Longford’s oldest cemetery is underway in Dromard and the project may lead to a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.

The restoration of Longford’s oldest cemetery is underway in Dromard and the project may lead to a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.

Tubberpatrick Restoration Committee in Dromard has in recent times undertaken the prodigious task of restoring the historic burial ground’s Stations of the Cross.

The cemetery’s Stations of the Cross are dedicated to the memory of Rev Laurence Cosgrove, St Paul’s Minnesota who first donated the Stations over 100 years ago in 1911.

The restoration has become a labour of love for those involved who and on August 11, the all new Stations of the Cross will be officially unveiled.

“This day marks the many achievements and additional work of a dedicated committee,” said committee spokeswoman Peggy Kiernan.

“This took in the widening of the road, the erection of a fence, the removal of poles and finally the tarring of the road.

“All this work could not have been complete without the co-operation of Longford County Council, FAS, The Social and Rural Scheme, the generosity of the local people and committee members who volunteered their time and efforts.”

She added: “This day would not have been possible had it not been for the fundraising events and the goodwill of our parish and local community.”

It is the committee’s success in harnessing that community spirit that led to the project being selected by the Longford Leader for a Get Involved Award.

This is community initiative whereby local newspapersall over the country promote a community project that is creating a sense of pride and motivation within local areas.

Should the committee’s hard efforts attract the attention of adjudicators, including TV presenter Duncan Steward, the winning projects will be formally recognised at an awards ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin.

In the meantime, coverage of the cemetery’s modernisation dating back several months will be covered by the Leader online, both on our website, and on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks.

For more, details check out www. to learn more about the project.