Newlookceme­tery could­killjobs

Au­gust 1983

Bray People - - NEWS -

PLANS for a new-style lay­out at Bray’s new ceme­tery in Bal­ly­waltrim par­ish are caus­ing fears of job losses in the lo­cal stone-cut­ting in­dus­try.

For it is planned that graves in the new ceme­tery will be marked by small stone plaques in­stead of the large head­stones and slabs found in tra­di­tional ceme­ter­ies.

The Bal­ly­waltrim ceme­tery is part of a coun­try­wide trend wor­ry­ing the stone in­dus­try, for which the pro­duc­tion of tra­di­tional head­stones is an im­por­tant busi­ness.

Mr Tommy Cole­man, a di­rec­tor of Stone De­vel­op­ments Ltd, which runs Bally­brew Quar­ries near En­niskerry, pre­dicted the trend could have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for the in­dus­try if con­tin­ued.

‘If the new lay­out in Bal­ly­waltrim were to turn out to be a gen­eral trend, there is no doubt there could be a se­ri­ous threat to jobs.

‘We are not wor­ried about Bal­ly­waltrim alone. There are sev­eral new ceme­ter­ies be­ing laid out on the same lines around the coun­try and it is a na­tional prob­lem,’ he said.

In the Bray area alone, there are at least three mon­u­men­tal sculp­tors who would find them­selves fac­ing the prospect of job losses should the present plans for Bal­ly­waltrim ceme­tery go ahead.

The mat­ter has been taken up with the Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil where the de­ci­sion to go for the new style ceme­tery in Bal­ly­waltrim was taken on the grounds that it would be cheaper to main­tain.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil, Mr Gerry Cot­ter of Stone De­vel­op­ments said his com­pany viewed the proposal for a ‘ lawn type’ lay­out as a se­ri­ous threat to em­ploy­ment both in the com­pany and the mon­u­men­tal in­dus­try.

The let­ter asked the coun­cil to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion over the mat­ter.

As a com­pro­mise, Stone De­vel­op­ment have sug­gested that the coun­cil should con­sider al­low­ing up­right memo­ri­als with­out kerb­ing in or­der to al­low ease of main­te­nance.

Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil chair­per­son Liz McManus said that the mem­bers had been made aware of the con­cern over Bal­ly­waltrim ceme­tery.

She said she was par­tic­u­larly wor­ried it could re­sult in job losses and added that the mat­ter is to be dis­cussed by the coun­cil after the Au­gust re­cess. years but warned that traders were go­ing to have to pro­tect their prop­erty and this may mean shut­ter­ing the town.

A phar­macy owner has de­scribed how a brick was thrown through the win­dow on Satur­day, smash­ing the glass and dam­ag­ing stock.

‘ The win­dow was filled with lit­tle tiny sliv­ers of glass so we had to dis­card ev­ery­thing. It was ab­so­lute van­dal­ism and Satur­day’s trad­ing was ru­ined as a re­sult.’

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