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.