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angel on grave from PixabayThe shortage of grave spaces in Killarney has been described as a ‘crisis situation’.

That’s according to Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Brendan Cronin who said Aghadoe is nearing capacity and undertakers have written to him to express their concerns.

Kerry County Council hopes to provide an additional 2,315 grave spaces with a new burial ground at Knockeenduff. Detailed plans – including the layout of the proposed burial grounds at Knockeenduff – were presented during the recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.

Along with 2,315 grave spaces, 145 car parking spaces are to be provided along with a system allowing cars to drive around the cemetery.

The front wall is to be stone and natural hedgerows maintained in the development.

Cllr John Joe Cullotty welcomed the plans saying he was “100% square behind it”. Cllr Michael Gleeson said the acquisition of a new graveyard for Killarney has been pursued since 1994 and councilors have “an obligation to provide a long-term solution”.

Cllr Niall Kelleher suggested a one-way traffic system be incorporated into the plans before it’s presented to the public for submissions.

Cllr Donal Grady however said, “the people of Killarney wish to be buried in Aghadoe” – adding he’d be ‘first in line’ to object to plans for the new burial ground at Knockeenduff.