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Shock for man as family plot exposed

A MAN has described his devastation over his parents' coffins being exposed following the collapse of a cemetery wall.

The wall, at the Old Abbey Cemetery in Howth, Co Dublin, partly collapsed during Monday night's torrential rain exposing two coffins.

John Bennett, who first heard about the collapse from a colleague at work, rushed to the burial ground yesterday morning where a number of his family members are buried.

Although he was not allowed access to the site, he was told the coffins belonged to his parents who are both buried at a family plot at the quaint cemetery.

Mr Bennett's father died 12 years ago and his mother five years ago. His twin sister, who died at just six months, two aunts and a grandfather are also buried there.

"I could not believe it when I saw pictures of the coffins online yesterday. I was devastated. As far as we were concerned, this was supposed to be my parents' final resting place," he said.

Now Mr Bennett fears his parents will be interred in a separate graveyard, against their final wishes.

"The most disturbing part of this, which is only hitting me now, is that there is going to have to be a reinterment over the next few weeks. We thought we had buried my parents and that was that.

"I hope they can be cremated and their ashes scattered at the plot," he said.

Fingal County Council last night evacuated 12 apartments at Boyd House and four shops adjacent to the graveyard at St Mary's Abbey in Howth, amid fears the remainder of the wall could give way.

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