County Limerick church ruin is boarded up amid concerns over antisocial behaviour

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

LIMERICK County Council has started boarding up a 13th century church ruin that underisables have been using to drink and take drugs in.

LIMERICK County Council has started boarding up a 13th century church ruin that underisables have been using to drink and take drugs in.

Last year an article in the Leader highlighted how the adjoining graveyard in Caherconlish had become so overgrown that it resembled a ‘jungle’, according to locals.

Volunteers have cleaned up the graveyard and it has gone from being one of the worst cemeteries in East Limerick to being one of the best said Cllr Eddie Wade.

“The council under archaeologist Sarah McCutcheon are boarding up the windows and putting in a door so the undesirables can’t go in. It’s sad that it has to be done. However, gardai in Caherconlish have kept a close eye on the church and the messing in there has been curtailed. Now it’s up to us as a council to help them,” said Cllr Eddie Wade.

Due to the dilapidated state of the ruin the councillor said safety was a big concern due to the number of people now visiting their cemetery.

“It’s a danger with falling stones. Since the volunteers have cleaned it up there is an amount of people who have come back to visit their own graves and are taking care of their graves, which wasn’t done for years,” said Cllr Eddie Wade, who called for additional funding to reinstate the building to make it safe.