County Limerick tomb is “an absolute disgrace”

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A MAN who was left outraged by the “absolutely appalling state” of a tomb in an award-winning county Limerick cemetery is calling on Limerick County Council to clean it up to allow the deceased to rest in peace.

A MAN who was left outraged by the “absolutely appalling state” of a tomb in an award-winning county Limerick cemetery is calling on Limerick County Council to clean it up to allow the deceased to rest in peace.

According to Derek Merrigan, from Cratloe, what appears to be the remains of a human are clearly visible inside the mausoleum at Castletown Cemetery.

Mr Merrigan happened upon the cemetery while driving through the village and having seen the old ruin in the middle of the graveyard went to investigate further.

“I went in and there was a mausoleum for the Conyers family,” Mr Merrigan explained.

“The village itself is called Castletown Conyers. But the little door on it was open about six or eight inches and I said sure there is nothing in there if the door is open.” According to Mr Merrigan he got “an awful shock” when he looked inside to discover two coffins – with the lead linings and the timber work having been either deliberately taken off or rotted away.

“The lead lining had been cut open and I could see remains inside the lead lining. The place was full of rubbish,” said Mr Merrigan.

Such was his outrage that he immediately contacted Limerick County Council with his concerns.

“There are also human bones lying on the floor. To me these graves were ransacked and desecrated,” said Mr Merrigan in his letter to Limerick County Council.

Michael Griffin of Limerick County Council said that while the graveyard hadn’t initially been provided by the council – it was vested in the Representative Church Body in 1889 – the council had come into the ownership of the burial ground.

In relation to the maintenance of the tomb, he said that it would be up to the owners of the grave.