A scheme which allows people to buy plots in their local graveyard by weekly direct debit has got a big response in a Co Limerick community.
Many residents of Kildimo have jumped at the chance to secure a spot in their local graveyard for just €8 per week.
Kildimo Community Council came up with the idea as a way to fund work on an extension to the local cemetery and so far over 60% of the allocated graves have been taken up.
Its chairman, Roger McLoughlin, admits however that it wasn’t always easy to convince people of the value of providing for their future accommodation needs in this way.
“Calling door to door and trying to get people to buy graves during one of the nicest summers in years wasn’t easy, but we got there in the end,” he commented.
The scheme was initially only open to people living in the parish of Kildimo. However, they have now extended the offer to people living in the wider area and foreign residents who may have links with the community.
Mr McLoughlin said the aim was to provide a facility for people who wanted to be buried in their local cemetery, rather than in a larger cemetery outside the area.
“People in Kildimo want to be buried in Kildimo,” he added.
Each plot costs €750, but the community council approached Cois Sionna credit union to put in place a facility to allow people pay by weekly deposit of €8 for two years.
“We wanted to make it available to people who might not have that kind of money in their pockets. We approached the Credit Union, gave them the figures and the background and they were willing to put a plan in place,” Mr McLoughlin explained.
At the moment, people who die in Kildimo are buried in Kilcornan or Mungret cemeteries.
A group of local volunteers has been carrying out work on the extension since last October, but the campaign to sell the plots began during the summer.
“We did a door-to-door campaign but we were also setting up a text alert system at the same time, so we were able to kill two birds with the one stone,” Mr McLoughlin explained.
The extension work will include the construction of new boundary wall, the excavation, drainage and construction of footpaths and resurfacing of the carpark. The work is due to be completed by the summer.
The entire project is expected to cost in the region of €75,000.
The offer is now open to people living outside the immediate Kildimo area, but locals are still welcome to book their plots.
For details contact Tommy O’Shea at 085 1304764 or see kildimocommunitycouncil.wordpress.com