New lease of life for historic grave­yard

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One of Co Cork’s historic grave­yards is to be given a new lease of life fol­low­ing the for­ma­tion of a spe­cial group ded­i­cated to the ceme­tery’s up­keep.

The Old Kil­crum per Grave yard Friends As­so­ci­a­tion was formed fol­low­ing a re­cent meet­ing in Fer­moy.

Plans are un­der way to map and doc­u­ment the history of the lo­cal ceme­tery which is the fi­nal rest­ing place of IRA Gen­eral Liam Lynch, who was fa­tally shot dur­ing the Civil War in 1923.

An an­nual ora­tion is held in his hon­our in the grave­yard.

The new com­mu­nity-based as­so­ci­a­tion plans to de­velop a web­site out­lin­ing the history of Kil­crumper, along with a sitemap mark­ing other note­wor thy graves.

The group also hopes to in­stall a per­ma­nent sign within the grave­yard map­ping out the graves in the area.

Prior to this, the as­so­ci­a­tion will carry out a clean- up and ren­o­va­tion at Kil­crumper this coming Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing their time for the clean-up are asked to bring shov­els, rakes, wheel­bar­rows, buck­ets, trow­els and other tools and items that may come in handy.

Lo­cal con­trac­tors have pro­vided ma­chin­ery free of charge to the group, while McCarthy In­sur­ance will pro­vide cover for those work­ing on- site dur­ing the clean-up.

The nearby Am­ber Ser­vice Sta­tion has of­fered food for vol­un­teers on the day, Toss Bryan’s DIY store has do­nated a strim­mer, and lo­cal stores have of­fered prizes for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s fundrais­ing ef­forts.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for the clean up are asked to come to the Old Kil­crumper Grave­yard from 10am.

Pic­tures: Billy Cham­bers

Plans are un­der way to map and doc­u­ment the history of Kil­crumper Grave­yard in Fer­moy fol­low­ing the foun­da­tion of a new com­mu­nity-based as­so­ci­a­tion..

The grave­yard is the rest­ing place of IRA Gen­eral Liam Lynch, who was killed dur­ing the Civil War.

The as­so­ci­a­tion plans to map in the ceme­tery mark­ing note­wor­thy graves.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will carry out a clean-up this coming Satur­day.

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