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Rathnew Cemetery

Rathnew Cemetery

Rathnew Cemetery

A proposed project for Rathnew Cemetery will provide recorded details of all those interred in the cemetery.

New signs will be installed which will provide information on those buried in the cemetery, while a map will be available to visitors so they can located individual graves.

Cllr Paul O'Brien has been involved in discussions with Wicklow County Council over the proposals.

He said: 'I know this is a very sensitive subject for some and therefore a consultation process will commence in the near future, which will allow the public to engage, but if anyone would like to speak to me privately about the matter they can contact me anytime.'

A digital map will be produced showing each plot in the cemetery along with the plot number. Each plot will be photographed and the details of each headstone will be recorded.

A draft version of the survey will be produced showing the map of the cemetery and an alphabetical list of all those interred.

The list will be as include the name, address, month and year of death, their age and their plot number.

The draft version will be put on display for a number of weeks to allow people check for spelling errors or to add more information or, indeed not have their loved ones details on the signs.

Cllr O'Brien added; 'It is envisaged that the signs will be updated every three years. The council will provide the information to the company involved so that they will update the signs and map. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Wicklow County Council for agreeing to this project. I know its not a very expensive project but I know it means a lot to so many people. My hope is that other cemeteries will also be provided with similar signs and I intend to work with the council over the coming years to ensure this happens.'

Wicklow People