Volunteers’ dedication hailed at Limerick burial ground awards

Norma Prendiville

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Gerard Costello, Stephen Moloney and Patrick C Fitzgerald, Anhid Burial Ground, receiving their award from Gordon Daly, Limerick City and County Council and Deputy Mayor Michael Collins

Gerard Costello, Stephen Moloney and Patrick C Fitzgerald, Anhid Burial Ground, receiving their award from Gordon Daly, Limerick City and County Council and Deputy Mayor Michael Collins

NINE graveyards around the county took home awards from the 2018 Burial Ground Awards ceremony organised by Limerick City and County Council and held in Rathkeale.

But it was Reilig na Trionóide in Templeglantine which scooped the overall award in the modern category, while Anhid Burial Ground near Croom won top prize in the ancient graveyard category.

Voluntary parish committees, community councils, groups and individuals came from all across Limerick for the ceremony, marking the eleventh year of the annual awards scheme.

“It’s a great privilege for me to be here with you this evening at these awards, to celebrate, not just your work, but your commitment and dedication to your own areas,” Cllr Michael Collins, Deputy Mayor said. The council, he added, was very grateful for the hard work of the groups and individuals who” day in day out, week in week out maintain their local burial grounds.”

“With an increasing interest in genealogy and family history research our ancient burial grounds are an invaluable source of information,” said Gordon Daly, director of services and responsible for the Community Development section which oversees the burial grounds awards.

“A particular word of thanks to all those who care for and record these important parts of our heritage to ensure that this information will be available to future generations.

“I want to express our thanks to all the committees represented tonight,” Mr Daly said. “Your hard work is greatly appreciated and it is just one of the many ways that you contribute to your communities on a voluntary basis.”

The awards are divided into two categories, ancient and modern, with individual winners selected for the three operational areas, which cover the whole of Limerick - Operations North, Operations South and Operations West.

Appreciation was also expressed for the involvement of Limerick Civic Trust, Ballyhoura Development and West Limerick Resources who run the Rural Social Scheme Programme.

The workers on these schemes along with TUS and Community Employment Schemes play an important role in the maintenance of Limerick’s graveyards and also the historic monuments contained within them. Eoghan Daltun, an expert in stone conservation, was the guest speaker at the ceremony.