Coun­cil ad­mits up­keep of his­toric grave­yard in­ad­e­quate

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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