New graveyard regulations

TRALEE Town Council have introduced new regulations governing the erection of headstones, kerbs and plinths at St John's Burial Ground.

As the layout of the graveyard, located at Brewery Road and used by both the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland communities, doesn't follow a regular pattern many graves are separated by unmarked grass areas while some plots are themselves not clearly delineated.

In recent years this has led to a situation where what are considered inappropriate materials and unsuitable items have been used to delineate graves - a practice that Tralee Town Council and the voluntary committee who look after the cemetery say is ruining the appearance and character of the historic graveyard.

To combat this Tralee Town Council are introducing new rules to control what can be erected in the graveyard.

Permission from Tralee Town Council will now be required by anyone planning on erecting a headstone, plinth, sign, kerb or to carry out any form of development in the cemetery. Undefined open grass area cannot be enclosed or sealed off without proof of ownership.

General routine maintenance, defined as grass cutting, hedge trimming. cleaning and planting of shrubs or flowers on plots is still permitted without need for council approval.