Green light fi­nally for Kil­lar­ney burial ground

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By STEPHEN FERNANE

AN BORD PLEANÁLA has given the green light for the ac­quis­tion of a new burial ground that is ex­pected to meet de­mand in Kil­lar­ney for the next 35 years.

The land at Knoc­k­een­duff, Kil­cum­min, will pro­vide 2,300 ex­tra plots, in­clud­ing a car-park. It was orig­i­nally owned by three sep­a­rate landown­ers. Kerry County Coun­cil had pub­lished a CPO which was ob­jected to by one landowner and ap­pealed to An Bord Pleanála, re­sult­ing in an oral hear­ing.

The ap­peals board ruled that the ac­qui­si­tion of land for a grave­yard was ‘nec­es­sary to Kil­lar­ney’ as it has a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 14,000 and be­tween 90 and 110 be­reave­ments an­nu­ally and so the ob­jec­tion could not be sus­tained.

The news has been widely wel­comed in Kil­lar­ney but Cllr Donal Grady slammed the de­ci­sion, stat­ing that Kil­lar­ney’s de­ceased have tra­di­tion­ally been buried in Agha­doe.

“This grave­yard is in the wrong place and it is a de­ci­sion that has taken away a piece of Kil­lar­ney’s his­tory,” he said. “We had the op­tion of buy­ing a pri­vate burial ground in Agha­doe and mak­ing it into a pub­lic one.”

The Ard­shanavoo­ley coun­cil­lor said that the fi­nal de­ci­sion was made by peo­ple not from the town. “It would have meant a lot more to the peo­ple of Kil­lar­ney had we taken over ground in Agha­doe,” he added.

How­ever, Cllr Michael Glee­son wel­comed the de­ci­sion. “Hope­fully the coun­cil will pro­ceed with the de­vel­op­ment as soon as pos­si­ble. This de­ci­sion will elim­i­nate the is­sue of park­ing which has been a ma­jor prob­lem in Agha­doe. I’m very wel­com­ing of this de­vel­op­ment, as I feel are the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple,” said Cllr Glee­son.

Mean­while, a spokesper­son for Kerry County Coun­cil said the cost of the grounds re­mains un­de­ter­mined.

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