Planning application seeks to tackle graveyard shortage

A planning application has been submitted for a new privately-developed graveyard in a top tourist area where spaces in existing public cemeteries are fast running out.

Planning application seeks to tackle graveyard shortage

Kerry County Council recently disclosed it was on the point of acquiring land in Killarney for a public cemetery.

However, a private planning application has also been submitted to the council in relation to land in Kilcummin, near Killarney.

Eamon and Valerie Courtney are seeking the go-ahead for the provision of 931 grave spaces, a car park, access road, and ancillary services at Lisroe, Kilcummin.

The Courtneys’ development is separate from the land which the council hopes to secure.

Earlier this month, Killarney town manager John Breen said the local authority’s move to get land was almost finalised. The council’s proposed site is understood to be close to the existing public cemetery in Aghadoe, Killarney.

In recent years, most local burials have been in a private cemetery adjoining the Aghadoe public cemetery.

Meanwhile, more than 20 submissions objecting to the Courtneys’ Kilcummin proposal have been submitted to the county council, which has also sought further information regarding road safety and the archaeology of the site.

A decision on the application is expected next month. The local authority, which has been looking for land for a graveyard in Killarney for about 20 years, has been outbid by developers and farmers on a number of occasions.

The council also failed in its efforts to get land in Killarney National Park from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

While plots are available in graveyards in parishes surrounding Killarney, councillors have been emphasising that Killarney people wish to be buried in their own parish.

Killarney town councillors, who have been to the forefront of the campaign, had been hoping to secure land before the council is abolished following the May 23 local elections.

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