A BALLYLONGFORD man's heartbreak following his wife's recent death was exacerbated by her burial outside of the parish - because there is no more space to bury people's remains in the existing cemeteries locally.
Kerry County Council are going to resolve the problem in the coming months, however, when the authority finally develops a tract of land it purchased years ago to create a new cemetery opposite the old school at Lislaughtin.
Local county councillor Liam Purtill was assured by the authority on Monday that the land will be developed in the coming months.
Many people in Ballylongford have been angered by the Council's apparent failure to develop the land in recent years as the local cemeteries became full.
Three funerals of Ballylongford people in recent months have seen remains buried in cemeteries outside of the parish, as far away as Ballybunion and Listowel.
"I'm very angry over it," Fine Gael Cllr Liam Purtill said. "I had one man tell me this week how hard he found it to see his wife buried outside of Ballylongford. The land has been purchased for years, but if I die tomorrow I have to go to an outside parish. It's just not good enough. There have been three funerals here recently and all had to be buried elsewhere."
Cllr Purtill was informed by council management that the project was being delayed by staffing shortages, but that it is intended it will begin within the coming months.