A long-awaited new burial ground for the village of Lixnaw is about to become a reality.
Kerry County Council has unveiled plans for the cemetery, which will go ahead despite a number of concerns raised by locals in the area.
The new cemetery is to be located at the edge of Lixnaw village, on a one point five acre site between the community hall and the presbytery.
It will facilitate the development of 988 grave spaces, over time.
A number of local people raised concerns about the site, during the public consultation period.
These included the lack of an Environmental Impact Assessment on the project, concerns over parking and traffic, and concern that the development would attract anti-social behaviour.
All of these issues were addressed by the council in a report to the recent meeting of the Listowel Municipal District, with the council voting unanimously to allow the cemetery to be developed.
The meeting was told prior to the vote, that a report carried out on the proposed site concluded that an Environmental Impact Assessment was not required.
Welcoming the development, Councillor Robert Beasley said the news would come as a great relief to 95 percent of the people of Lixnaw, many of whom previously had to bury loved ones elsewhere outside the village.