Abbey Island burial ground, near the Home of the Liberator Daniel O’Connell and resting place of his wife Mary is to be expanded, the grounds will be transferred to Kerry County Council from the OPW before Christmas after 40 years of Campaigning by the local community group.
Abbey Island, burial ground near the Home of the Liberator Daniels O’Connell and resting place of his wife Mary, is to be expanded. The transfer of lands at Abbey Island, to expand the burial grounds will come following a 4 decade long campaign by the Caherdaniel local development association who, over the last number of years, have worked with local Senator Mark Daly who interceded on their behalf with the Office of Public works, the Chief State Solicitors Office and Kerry County Council.
Senator Daly commented “I was delighted to inform the local community that the Chairman of the Office of Public Works will be signing and sealing the title deeds for transfer the lands necessary to enlarge the burial grounds. The documents will be with Kerry County Council before Christmas, it is a tribute to the hard work done by the local community who have kept working on this issue for over 40 years.”
Senator Daly also paid tribute for their assistance to him and the community from Eileen Creedon of the Chief State Solicitors office, the staff of the OPW and especially Senior Engineer of Kerry County Council Colm Mangan who has been working on this issue for may years. There have been dozens of parliamentary questions on this issue over the decades but it was only due to continuous communication and the assistance of these key people who worked with me in the relevant government agencies which ensured the transfer of title succeeded on this occasion”.
Minister for the OPW Brian Hayes visited Caherdaniel on the 17th of February 2012, together with the local community development association, Senator Daly impressed upon the Minister the need for this transfer to be complete as soon as possible.
In 2012 Kerry County Council were to spend 725,000 euro on operating and maintaining Derrynane Abbey Island, Ballylongford, Cromane, Inch, Scartaglin and Ventry graveyards. “As the transfer is only happening now I will be asking the Council to ensure that the necessary funding will be allocated to ensure the new burial ground is operational immediately”