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Seeking Extension to Cemetery At Killingley Near Ballygarvan

Writes Leo McMahon


There was full support for a call by Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) at the recent meeting of the county council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) for an extension to the cemetery at Killingley, Ballygarvan.

The existing cemetery was at full capacity with no more graves to be sold but an extension could be made into adjoining land owned by the council which was currently fenced off and not in use, he stated.

He estimated the land in question had room for about 110 graves which, if sold at the current price of €1,350 would generate revenue totalling €150,000 to the council over time.

A graves issue. Cllr Ben Dalton-O'Sullivan (Ind) standing in the plot of ground next to the full Killingley Cemetery near Ballygarvan which has capacity for over 100 graves. Photo Leo McMahon

‘This request is coming from local people in the parish’ said Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan. ‘There were instances in recent times where it people who wished to be buried locally couldn’t be facilitated due to the lack of space.’ The councillor is a member of a local voluntary group that helps to maintain mainly the older section of the burial ground.

Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF), in support, said the people of Ballygarvan had a great fondness of their local cemetery and it was their wish that their loved ones should be buried there. He also acknowledged maintenance work carried out there by the area office.

The motion was also supported by Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) who pointed out that there was a request to have a columbarium wall for the storage of funerary urns holding cremated remains in a burial ground in the MD. She asked for an update at the next meeting. There is currently one columbarium in the city council area at St James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd, just off the N71 Cork-Bandon road.

Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan also had a motion asking the council’s Regional and Local Roads Design Office (RLRDO) to consider having a traffic calming scheme for Half Way village near Ballinhassig.

In a report, senior engineer Liam Aherne said the RLRDO would review the proposal in conjunction with the MD area office. This was welcomed by the councillor.

Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan requested that the Meadstown section of the Forest Road leading to Carrigaline to be included in the 2024 resurfacing programme.

In reply, senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy said: ‘Resurfacing of Forest Road will continue from where it finished in 2023. The exact distance to be covered will depend on our budget which has not yet been fully decided’.

Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan reported that the road at Ballincrannig near the back of Cork airport was in a poor state.

MD officer Denise Kidney said three benches, including one in the wooden bus shelter had been installed to complete the Ballygarvan Village Enhancement Scheme.

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