Grave crisis just gets worse

The photographs posted online by Cllr Grady. Aghadoe Lawn is on the right
The photographs posted online by Cllr Grady. Aghadoe Lawn is on the right

THE on-off saga surrounding the provision of a new public cemetery for Killarney looks set to become a major issue on the doorsteps during the rapidly approaching general election.

The divisive issue has been dragging on for over three years with no sign of agreement being reached and one local politician has insisted the situation has now reached crisis point.

Cllr Donal Grady said an agreement was reached by the now abolished Killarney Town Council to acquire the privately owned Aghadoe Lawn cemetery, adjacent to the main public cemetery which has now reached capacity.

He said that any decision made by a statutory body has to be honoured and nobody has a right to interfere with the democratic process.

It is understood that Kerry County Council is now actively considering acquiring an alternative site in Knockeendubh, off the main Tralee road, to provide a four-acre burial ground with two more acres for parking.

But Cllr Grady said there would be “massive objections” if that plan proceeds as it is the wish of the vast majority of Killarney people to be buried in Aghadoe.

“People are being buried there for hundreds of years. A deal was done with the owners of Aghadoe Lawn and it should be honoured,” he told KillarneyToday.com.

He said Aghadoe Lawn has sufficient burial space to accommodate Killarney’s needs for at least 30 years and there would be no difficulty with obtaining planning.

During the height of the recent floods Cllr Grady posted two photographs on social media which, he said, showed Aghadoe Lawn cemetery as well as a flooded field close to the Knockeendubh site.

“We already have a big problem in north Kerry with a graveyard that’s flooded. Now our council are about to make the same mistake again,” he said.

Cllr Grady urged the people of Killarney to raise the issue when politicians come to their doors before the election and to let them know, in no uncertain terms, where they want their loved ones to be buried.