MEMBERS of the Scartaglin Graveyard Committee declared themselves very happy to announce that extra ground has been secured to extend the existing graveyard.
"Our sincere thanks to Cllr. John Culloty who, with the land owner and Kerry County Council, has completed the transaction in securing extra burial grounds for Scartaglin parish," said a spokesperson for the committee.
"Our committee was organised in late 2010, and repair work began in May 2011 with up to 20 local volunteers each evening carrying out heavy manual work in preparing and laying new paths. This work was completed in time for the open air mass in July 2011."
"The remaining paths were replaced in April this year with work finished in time for Easter. It is a credit to all workers involved to have all these improvements finished well ahead of schedule with seating, flower pots and painting included. This is a result of all the support and funding that we have received from Carmel O'connor-galvin and John Sugrue from Kerry County Council who were always just a phone call away to guide and support us.
One major concern is the amount of rubbish being dumped just inside the gate. I would request that people take their rubbish home. So, on a final note, please respect our dead and keep our graveyard clean," concluded the spokesperson.
On that note: The Kerry Council Litter Warden will visit Scartaglin on a regular basis following illegal dumping in the vicinity of the recently refurbished graveyard.
Parishioners are encouraged to take the car registration of illegal dumpers and contact the gardaí and K.C.C at 066 71 21111.