The first crematorium outside the Dublin region is to be built on a derelict island in Cork Harbour, it was confirmed today.
Cork County Council have granted permission for the €2.5m facility to be sited on Rocky Island, which was formerly used by Irish Steel for storage and as a checkpoint.
A spokesman for the project – proposed by Strikemount Ltd – said there was a strong demand from undertakers in the southern half of the country for the facility.
“This is a long term investment. At present, undertakers from all over Munster and South Leinster have to travel to Glasnevin, Newlands Cross or Mount Jerome. This also adds to the distress of the next of kin who wish to be present at the cremation ceremony,” the project spokesman said.
“In the Dublin area, where cremation is available, about 20% of funerals involve cremation, and we expect that when the option becomes available elsewhere in the South of Ireland the demand will also grow.”
It is planned the crematorium, which will cost €2.5m euro to build, will undertake five cremations per day.
The remaining building on the island will be converted into a spiritual space, crematorium, family rooms and rest rooms.
Around 1808, a storage place for gunpowder for the naval base at Haulbowline was built at the island. But only one of the two original buildings on the site remain.
The area was unoccupied from the 1920s until Irish Steel purchased it in 1964 and the Haulbowline Bridge was constructed.
The spokesman said the island was currently in poor condition due to its former industrial use and the project organisers intended to restore the island and the building.