An aerial shot of the new cemetery at Ballingaddy, Kilmallock which has 699 graves and will cater for south east Limerick
FAMILIES across south county Limerick will no longer have to worry about finding a burial plot for their loved ones with the opening of a new cemetery in Ballingaddy, just north east of Kilmallock.
The cemetery, which has 699 spaces, has been officially opened by cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock district, Cllr Eddie Ryan, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick, Very Rev Brendan Leahy, and the Right Rev Gary Paulsen from the Church of Ireland Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe.
There has always been an acknowledgment for many years that there was a need for additional burial spaces, however despite a number of sites being identified they failed to meet the necessary requirements and HSE regulations in relation to burial grounds.
“The acquisition of a suitable site for a new burial ground in Kilmallock has proven to be problematic over the years,” said Cllr Eddie Ryan.
“But we soldiered on and eventually sourced this site. With the population we have in South Limerick, there was a real fear among the older people that they wouldn’t be able to bury their loved ones in the own locality,” he added.
“With the opening of this new cemetery, that fear has been removed.”
The proposal for the site in Ballingaddy, owned by the Clery family was first mooted in 2013.
Testing and analysis subsequently deemed the site to be suitable to be used for burials.
In 2014, planning permission for the cemetery, which is just over a mile from Kilmallock, was the first to be granted by the Cappamore-Municipal District.