Exclusive: Kilkenny County Council’s €160,000 from grave sales

Income generated last year came to €41,825 in the county...

Darren Hassett

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Darren Hassett

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Exclusive: Kilkenny County Council’s €160,000 from grave  sales

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Kilkenny County Council made over €160,000 since 2014 from the sale of grave plots across the thirteen active burial grounds under its control.

The information was obtained following a Freedom of Information request by the Kilkenny People which sought a list of cemeteries under the control of the local authority.

It also looked for the income generated from the sale of grave plots for 2014 to date this year. In response, the Council revealed it has thirteen active burial grounds under its control.

The figures showed Ballyragget Burial Ground made €2,640 in 2014 and €2,310 in 2015 with €495 income generated for the Council in 2016 and to date this year.

Kilbride Burial Ground made €3,300 in 2014, €660 in 2015, €3,530 last year and €2,145 this year.

Kilmoganny meanwhile generated revenue of €330 in 2014, €1,320 in 2015, €990 in 2016 and €1,155 to date this year. Paulstown Burial Ground made €330 for the Council in 2014 and €1,650 the following year. In 2016, it made €660 and €990 to date for 2017.

Castlecomer delivered a revenue stream for the local authority of €660 in 2014, €1,320 in 2015, €495 last year and €330 to date for 2017.

Ballykeeffe meanwhile was worth €1,650 in 2014 and €165 in 2015. The graveyard’s figure for 2016 came to €990 and jumped to €1,815 to date this year.

Graignamanagh’s revenue generated for the Council in 2014 came to €6,765 and €1,218 a year later. The figure for 2016 was revealed to be €2,475 and to date it has generated €1,815.

Inistioge’s Burial Ground total for 2014 was €825 and €990 for 2015. Last year the revenues generated came to €1,980 and to date this year there has been €495 made.

Mooncoin’s graveyard was worth €1,485 in 2014, €1,650 in 2015, €2,475 last year and €2,970 to date in 2017.

Tullaroan’s Burial Ground’s grave plot sales made €330 in 2014 and €495 a year later. Last year the sale of plots made €330 but for 2017 this has jumped to €3,960.

Johnstown’s Burial Ground was worth €330 to the Council in 2014 and €1,485 a year later.

Then last year the grave plots sales came to €1,815 and to date in 2017 they are €2,145.
Freshford’s grave plot sales came to €1,155 in 2014 and €825 in 2015.

Then in 2016 they jumped to €2,970 and to date this year the income generated has come to €1,980.

Finally, St Kieran’s Cemetery generated revenue from grave plot sales of €24,360 in 2014 and €24,795 in 2015. Last year, the cemetery made €22,620 for the local authority and €16,125 to date this year.

Revenues generated this year across all burial grounds came to €36,420 and this compares with €41,825 last year and €38,883 in 2015.

Meanwhile in 2014, the Council made €44,160 from the sale of grave plots. The fee for an individual burial plot, at the majority of Burial Grounds mentioned above , is €165; the fee for a double burial plot is €330.

St Kieran’s Cemetery is administered by City Hall and its plots cost significantly more, according to the Council website.