Kerry County Council has selected its preferred option for a new graveyard for Killarney.
Subject to planning permission, the facility will be developed in Knockeenduff, some 4km from the town.
There have been calls for the council to urgently find a new burial ground as the existing one in Aghadoe is expected to be full in 12 to 15 months’ time.
Nine options for a new graveyard were examined – two were put before Killarney Municipal District yesterday as being viable options – one was the purchase of a section of the private Aghadoe Lawn cemetery – however this would only yield 550 to 600 burial spaces.
The second option, which satisfied all criteria and was agreed as being the preferred option, was Knockeenduff, east of the Killarney to Kilcummin Road, some 4km from the cathedral.
This is a five-acre site which can facilitate 2,340 burial plots and over 4,500 burials.
The council says this would meet current criteria for at least 35 years.
140 car parking spaces will also be provided.
The total cost of developing the site is over one million euro, equating to €449 per burial space.
The development requires planning permission, and subject to this, it’s hoped the new graveyard would be ready in 12 to 15 months’ time – this is the same time the existing Aghadoe cemetery is expected to be full.