Cemetery extension approved by Council

Rahoon Cemetery: extension will see more than 600 new plots.
Rahoon Cemetery: extension will see more than 600 new plots.

An extension to Rahoon Cemetery was approved by Galway City Councillors, who admonished the local authority for failing to make progress on opening a new one on the east side for the last 15 years.

The extension on the northeast side of the site will provide 641 new lawn plots and 45 urn or half plots as well as a memorial garden to install the ashes of people who have been cremated.

Space for new plots at St Joseph’s Cemetery on the Rahoon Road will run out within two years. The extension will likely be at capacity within six years given the current death rate.

Councillor Ollie Crowe (FF) branded the situation with burial grounds in the city as farcical. Bohermore graveyard was already at capacity.

“You expect people to cross the city to Rahoon – 641 plots is a piecemeal effort – there’s a lack of vision from the Council. Where’s the urgency in relation to his…when will the people of this city have peace of mind when a loved one dies?”

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) said it was a joke that the Council had been looking for a site on the east side of the city for over ten years.

Fine Gael’s Padraig Conneely contended that he had been discussing it for 15 years. He wanted to know was there any progress on a proposal from two developers to build a crematorium in the city.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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