Cemetery purchase is town council’s dying act

One of the last acts of Killarney Town Council has been to clinch a deal for the purchase of a cemetery in the area.

Cemetery purchase is town council’s  dying act

Town manager John Breen told this week’s final council meeting that an agreement had been reached to purchase a privately owned lawn cemetery at Aghadoe, overlooking the world-famous Lakes of Killarney.

However, the contract has not yet been signed as solicitors for both sides were not available to do so in the past week or two, he said.

Mr Breen did not reveal the purchase price, but it is believed to be in the region of €400,000.

About 800 burial spaces will be available, which should be sufficient for 40 years.

Mr Breen said the price of burial spaces had not yet been set by the council, but would have to cover the acquisition costs.

He indicated the price per space would be somewhat lower than at present.

The local authority has been seeking land for a cemetery for around 20 years and the development was welcomed by councillors.

Acting mayor Michael Gleeson said the “protracted saga’’ had finally reached and end, but he expressed disappointment at the refusal of state authorities to agree to the use of their land for a cemetery in Killarney National Park.

The park authorities previously told the council the use of national park land for a graveyard would not be “appropriate’’.

In recent years, most Killarney burials have been in the privately owned lawn cemetery which adjoins the old Aghadoe public cemetery.

Over the years, the council has been outbid by private developers when land close to Killarney came on the market.

In addition, the rising cost of agricultural land had recently been making it more difficult for the council to buy land near the town.

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