Keeping Fethard's rural graveyards tidy takes lots of effort by a dedicated few

Keeping Fethard's rural graveyards tidy takes lots of effort by a dedicated few

Seamus Barry (right) of the Fethard Rural Graveyards Maintenance Committee, Daniel Lonergan, Tús employee, and John Barry (left).

The Fethard Rural Graveyard Maintenance committee have been, for many years, looking after four local graveyards in and around Fethard town at Redcity, Rathcoole, Tullamaine, and Kilmaclugh (Grove Estate).

The committee work closely with Fethard Tidy Towns group and are grateful for the support from Tús – a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. 

This year has been particularly busy for the group as the wet spring and early summer led to an excessive level of growth in vegetation and weeds. This demanded a very regular and constant level of extensive weed control. 

The committee provide equipment and volunteers as needed, and indeed, are very grateful to all those who assisted them during the year.

The majority of financial support received was from Tipperary County Council’s Maintenance Grants. These grants allowed them to purchase some badly needed machinery and equipment, as well as paying for such necessities as petrol, strimmer cord, small tools, and sundries, and again they would like to thank the Tipperary County Council for their assistance.

The other main supplier of materials and labour is Tús. Tús have also supplied paint, building materials etc. and there is little doubt that their sponsored workers have been responsible for the excellent condition and access to all the four graveyards in the group’s care.

While the work is constant and unending, and with each new season bringing fresh growth, it is hoped that this winter will see less storm damage and graveyard maintenance will be back to just weeding and painting.