Photograph taken on the evening of June 29, in beautiful sunshine at Kilmaclugh Cemetery on Grove Estate were Fr. Liam Everard P.P. celebrated outdoor mass with a small but dedicated congregation
On Friday evening, June 29, Rev. Fr. Liam Everard, Parish Priest Fethard & Killusty, celebrated mass at picturesque Kilmaclugh graveyard, on Grove Estate, Fethard, in memory of all those interred on the ancient site.
A small but dignified group of parishioners and relatives attended the ceremony, that took place in the shade of many of the mature trees on site and in the welcome cool of that very hot evening. It was a very pleasant and peace-full setting for such a dignified ceremony and was greatly appreciated by all who were present.
The graveyard is under the care of the Fethard Rural Graveyards committee who were present on the night, along with local volunteers, Christy Williams and Joe Lee. TÚS community work scheme, also supply a worker to the committee and, with the welcome addition of financial aid from Tipperary County Council, the graveyard is maintained and kept clean and accessible for the public and relatives to visit and pay their respects.
The committee also look after three other local graveyards in the area, Rathcoole, Red City, and Tullamaine. Grass-cutting and general maintenance is ongoing at present and the contribution of our TÚS worker is greatly appreciated by the committee, as are all those who volunteer their time in caring for these historic graveyards.
Throughout the coming years, it is hoped that similar Masses will be said in each of the graveyards under the care of the committee.