‘Disgust’ as body is exhumed illegally in County Limerick

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A COUNTY Limerick village was “appalled” to learn this week that the body of the oldest man in the village was illegally exhumed and transferred to another graveyard – two years after his death.

A COUNTY Limerick village was “appalled” to learn this week that the body of the oldest man in the village was illegally exhumed and transferred to another graveyard – two years after his death.

It was Joseph Graham’s ‘dying wish’ that he be buried in Clounanna cemetery, located on a hilltop just outside his native Patrickswell in county Limerick.

But just over two years after his death he was moved to another graveyard on the day of the general election count – without the local authority approving his exhumation or even receiving an exhumation application.

Limerick County Council have, however, received confirmation that a burial plot in a new graveyard has been bought for the deceased by a local undertaker, who has not yet been named.

The monies to purchase the new grave are still outstanding - even though the deceased has already been buried there recently.

Affectionately known by parishioners as ‘Josie’, the 95 year-old bachelor passed away on February 22, 2009 and was buried in Clounanna, one of the oldest graveyards in the county where a burial plot hasn’t become available for sale in some 40 years.

Some of the local community have begun boycotting a local family business as they believe they were behind the move. The family have categorically denied any involvement.

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