‘Outsized’ headstones may be allowed at Limerick cemeteries

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

NEW proposals to allow the erection of large headstones and monuments within the city’s graveyards are set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NEW proposals to allow the erection of large headstones and monuments within the city’s graveyards are set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Limerick City Council is currently in the process of formulating byelaws which would regulate the use of cemeteries which it owns or operates - such as Mount Saint Oliver and Mount Saint Laurence.

A draft copy of the byelaws, which will be debated by city councillors in November, proposes that “outsized monumental headstones or larger sized graves” would be facilitated in a designated areas of the city’s graveyards.

“Plots in this area will incur annual maintenance fees due to the additional maintenance costs of maintaining non-lawn cemetery,” states the document, which has been seen by the Limerick Leader.

The draft document also states. “No tomb, monument, vault headstone, tablet or permanent structure of any description or material shall be erected or constructed on any place of burial in the cemetery, unless and until the structure has been approved of, in writing, in the form of a headstone license.”

The proposed byelaws which will also govern the size and depth of individual graves allow for the imposition of fines of up to €1,200 for breaches of the byelaws.