Friday 19 July 2019

Family's distress as vandals wreck floral tributes on grave


St Gabriel’s Cemetery in Arklow, where the vandalism occurred
St Gabriel’s Cemetery in Arklow, where the vandalism occurred

Deborah Coleman

Concern has been raised after damage was caused to a grave in Arklow, causing huge distress to a local family.

The incident was detected in recent days when the relatives of those buried in the grave at St Gabriel's Cemetery were contacted and told that flower arrangements had been removed and broken up before being thrown around.

'It is disgraceful and very upsetting,' a distraught relative told this newspaper. 'The flowers we put on for Christmas were destroyed and another decoration I placed on the grave was thrown off it. This is not the first time this has happened in the graveyard and it's all getting a bit much.'

This latest incident has raised questions about ongoing antisocial behaviour at the largest graveyard in Arklow Municipal District.

Local Councillor Pat Fitzgerald said that the actions of uncaring people have caused trauma to others.

'I have to express annoyance at the interference with the grave of this family. When contacted, I went to the grave and I could see how items had been removed and strewn about the place. I spoke to family members and could see they were traumatised by the actions of uncaring people,' said Cllr Fitzgerald.

'This is not the first time this has happened.'

Cllr Fitzgerald added that in recent times, he has noticed evidence of after-hours drinking sessions in the cemetery.

'I would appeal to those small number of people who act unsociably in the cemetery to refrain from doing so,' he said.

Wicklow People