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04 Jul 2022

Appeal to fund maintenance of Kilkenny graveyard

KILKENNY

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The Smithstown Graveyard Maintenance Committee is making an appeal for funding for the upkeep of the historic cemetery.

The group is calling on people living in the locality, who have family connections to the graveyard if they would be willing to give a donation towards the grass cutting in the cemetery. There is a contractor in place since 2018 who cuts the grass and keeps the whole place looking well each year, all that is needed is a small amount of funding to keep it going.

"We have tried everything over the years to secure funding but to no avail," says Richard Malone of the committee.

Mr Malone says TDs and county councillors have been contacted by letter over the past number of years on the issue of funding, but the committee is still waiting a reply.

"There is a Historic Graveyard Grant available with Kilkenny County Council, but to apply for that there has to be Public Liability Insurance in place which we are unable to obtain even though the graveyard is council property and in the parish of Castlecomer," he said.

There is an account set up in Castlecomer Credit Union to make a donation. You can also contact chairperson Mary Barrett also on the committee Michael Malone or Richard on details listed below.

"In memory of all who have worked so hard to keep this beautiful Historic Cemetery looking so well over the years, it can’t and won’t be let return to a Wilderness, but in order for this to happen we will need funding to continue the good work," he says.

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