Council admits upkeep of historic graveyard inadequate
A senior county council official has admitted the maintenance of a historic graveyard is not up to scratch.
The Old Kilcrumper Graveyard in Fermoy has a special republican plot where the remains of General Liam Lynch lie.
He was commanding general of the Irish Republican Army in the Irish Civil War.
Locals had complained about the general maintenance of the cemetery and the matter was raised at the municipal district council of Fermoy/Charleville.
Municipal officer Pauline Moriarty, in a report issued to local councillors, admitted public concerns about the upkeep of the site.
She acknowledged that it had been left in an “unsatisfactory state” and measures were being taken that.
Ms Moriarty said a contractor was currently working on cleaning up the graveyard.
She expected works to be completed within a few weeks.
After that, she said, a full maintenance programme would be put in place to ensure it was kept in a suitable condition.
Cllr Frank O’Flynn welcomed the report. to rectify
The Fianna Fáil councillor said he had also received phonecalls from people in Limerick and Tipperary who had relatives buried there and were concerned at what they had witnessed.
“A long term plan and funding is needed to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” said Cllr O’Flynn.
Cllr Ian Doyle said plans for the proper upkeep of all old cemeteries, under county council control, should be considered.
Ms Moriarty noted there were 58 cemeteries under council management in the municipal district and they were in three categories — ancient, semi-modern and new.
She said some of the modern ones were maintained on “a weekly basis”.
Cllr O’Flynn said he understood that a local volunteer group was being formed in Fermoy which may assist the council with maintaining the Old Kilcrumper Cemetery.
Lynch, meanwhile, died on April 10, 1923, in Clonmel hospital after being shot by the Irish Army as he retreated from his secret headquarters in the Knockmealdown Mountains. Weeks earlier, he had opposed moves by some of the Anti-Treaty IRA Army Executive to end the civil war.