Graveyard plots sales pitch via direct debit

A graveyard in Limerick has come up with a novel idea to sell plots — let members of the community secure a space via direct debit payments of €8 a week.

The scheme has proven popular in Kildimo, a village 13km west of Limerick City. So far, almost 70% of the spots have already been allocated to residents.

Kildimo Community Council decided to roll out the initiative as a way of paying for an extension to the local cemetery.

The group contacted the local Cois Sionna credit union to allow people to lodge weekly payments to secure a spot.

Council chairman Roger McLoughlin said they wanted to make the plots, which cost a total of €750, an option for everyone.

“We wanted to make it available to people who might not be able to buy a plot outright,” he said.

“It was a hard start because we began selling the plots in summer, which wasn’t that easy. But people came around and the majority of them are taken now so we’ve nearly paid for it already. The credit union has been very good to us.”

Work on the graveyard extension began in October and is expected to cost around €75,000. Development is scheduled for completion this summer.

Vice-chairman Tommy O’Shea said young people “don’t want to hear about it now” but in 30 years’ time there’ll be nothing left if they don’t take action”.

To date, graves have been offered to Kildimo residents, but will now be available to people outside the parish.


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