Continued Works at Kilgeever New Cemetery

RSS workers planting area Sept 23
Pat Joyce
Planted area for biodiversity Sept 23
Pat Joyce
View of clean dry driveway into Kilgeever New Feb 24
Mary O'Malley
Kerb wall at graves Feb 24
Pat Joyce
New kerbing on right entrance Feb 24
Mary O'Malley
RSS Staff preparing the new path lower cemetery
Pat Joyce
New pathway lower left side completed Feb 24
Mary O'Malley
View of right driveway with new kerb Feb 24
Mary O'Malley

Work has been continuing in Kilgeever New Cemetery thanks to the effort of volunteers and support from R.S.S & T.U.S. staff.

In September 2023 an unsightly un-purposed area has been transformed with shrubs and chippings and has encouraged lots of biodiversity into the cemetery.

Special thanks to Maureen Joyce for her advice and hard work in getting this achieved along with the R. S. S. & T.U.S. staff.

In December 2023 works continued on the retaining kerb wall along the boundary of the graves and it really makes such a difference to the over all finished look of the driveway heading to the right hand side.

They also managed to prepare another pathway on the lower left hand side of the cemetery.

In February 2024, this pathway was completed with a concrete overlay, ensuring that access to these new plots will be raised and dry and clean.

The initial drainage works that were completed from the gate down the left hand side to the very lower part of the cemetery prove that the amount of water which was running into the cemetery would have eventually damaged the driveway and graves.

It has made a huge difference to the ground as you can now walk on clean dry areas to visit graves. It has also prevented more damage from water erosion on the lower plots.

Th next phase of works are to concrete about six paths to the right hand side upper cemetery area between the rows of graves.

The driveway to the end of this side then needs to have some drainage added before finally getting some tarmac laid.

All these works have been made possible from the generous donations and support from the community.

We are also thankful to Mayo County Council and all the Rural Social Staff that have continued to support these important upgrades.

Thanks to your generous support we can continue to work on these improvement works. If you wish to donate please click HERE and you can donate online to our Go Fund Me page for Louisburgh Cemetery Development Plan.

We will host an open day in Louisburgh Town Hall towards the end of May 2024. This will be an opportunity for the community to see where the funds have been spent to date and where the next phased development will bring us.

Louisburgh Cemeteries Development Plan is informed from surveys submitted in 2020-2021 from members of the community at home and abroad adding their thoughts and ideas on what they suggest as improvements.

We are also working on developments at Kilgeever Old Cemetery and working along side the Mayo County Heritage Officer Deirdre Cunningham to ensure best practice is used when dealing with such a special area of important heritage and conservation.

Not forgetting St. Catherine’s at the Granuaile centre, these submissions are also being collated and will inform the action plan for this equally important area.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email us


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