Grave­yard ac­cess

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Vol­un­teers are plan­ning to make the Old Kil­crumper Grave­yard in Fer­moy ac­ces­si­ble to wheelchair users.

Vol­un­teers are plan­ning to make the Old Kil­crumper Grave­yard in Fer­moy ac­ces­si­ble to wheelchair users — but, mean­while, are or­gan­is­ing a so­cial night in Fer­moy to raise funds.

A clean-up and im­prove­ments, along with main­te­nance over the past year, has greatly en­hanced the his­toric ceme­tery. The restora­tion of the cen­turies-old rest­ing place along with the his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ment­ing of buri­als are among the aims of the Old Kil­crumper Grave­yard Friends As­so­ci­a­tion, set up last year.

“The sit­u­a­tion, re: wheelchair ac­cess has been brought to our at­ten­tion many times over the last 12 months,” the as­so­ci­a­tion’s John Fen­ton said. “Sto­ries of peo­ple hav­ing to be lifted in across the stone chip­pings in their wheel­chairs at fu­ner­als, or just want­ing to visit Kil­crumper, is just not ac­cept­able.”

To aid the lat­est project, the as­so­ci­a­tion is or­gan­is­ing a so­cial night on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29, in Fer­moy Rowing Club.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing one year since we had our first clean-up day on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2,” said Mr Fen­ton.

“In the last 12 months, we have achieved in turn­ing Old Kil­crumper into a lovely amenity in Fer­moy town.

“The present ex­cel­lent con­di­tion of Kil­crumper in such a short time is a credit to all the hard-work­ing vol­un­teers who take part ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day in main­te­nance work.

“The clean-up days were very hard work, at the start, but now that a lot of the heavy work is done it has be­come a nice easy go­ing so­cial day with hot cups of tea and soup and al­ways a tasty treat for the work­ers.

“The vol­un­teers are en­joy­ing the so­cial as­pect of be­ing in­volved with Kil­crumper and it was for this rea­son at one of our meet­ings that it was de­cided it would be a great idea to have a so­cial night as a cel­e­bra­tion of what has been achieved and, also, we de­cided that by mak­ing Kil­crumper more wheelchair ac­ces­si­ble from money raised on the night it would giv­ing back some­thing good to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.”

“It was also thought by our mem­bers the so­cial event would act as a night where peo­ple from the com­mu­nity would get to meet and chat with all the peo­ple in­volved in the Kil­crumper as­so­ci­a­tion and have a good night out for a good cause.”

The so­cial will fea­ture food, lo­cal mu­si­cians and danc­ing to Dave Mulc­ahy. Tak­ing place at the rowing club, the doors will open at 8pm. A hot buf­fet will be served and a full bar fa­cil­ity’ on the night supplied by Ian O’Brien, pro­pri­etor of Char­lie Mac’s.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said any of­fer of spot prizes would be ap­pre­ci­ated for the raf­fle. Tick­ets for the night are €15 and are avail­able from Han­ley’s newsagents Fer­moy, or contact Oliver 086 8732354 or Frank 086 8293964

“We would like to thank the great sup­port we have re­ceived by Paul Ka­vanagh and all the com­mit­tee of Fer­moy rowing club who have made their fa­cil­ity avail­able to us on the night. With the sup­port of the pub­lic, we can make this a great night out in the so­cial cal­en­dar,” Mr Fen­ton added.

Mem­bers of the Old Kil­crumper Grave­yard Friends As­so­ci­a­tion, at the an­nounce­ment of a fundrais­ing night to be held at Fer­moy Rowing Club on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29.

Nora Scan­nell, Joan Den­ni­gan and Mary But­ter­worth at the an­nounce­ment of the Old Kil­crumper so­cial event fundraiser.

PJ O’Leary, Frank O’Driscoll, Billy Barry and Billy Cole­man, mem­bers of the Old Kil­crumper Friends As­so­ci­a­tion.

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