Tuesday, 13 April 2010 08:55
Size is an issue in one of Mayo's busiest graveyards.
Castlebar Town Council are to strictly implement guidelines governing the dimensions of monuments erected in the New Cemetery.
This follows complaints from the families of loved ones that some monuments have encroached on neighbouring grave spaces.
In recent weeks, the town council has erected a sign in the graveyard, which is situated off the Newport Road, alerting the public to the regulations and asking them to contact the authority should they require further details.
Town clerk Ms. Marie Crowley said yesterday (Monday): "We have got complaints in relation to the New Cemetery about plots and monuments which people consider to be oversized.
"We want to ensure that encroachment on other graves doesn't take place so we are alerting the public to guidelines which have been laid down as part of burial grounds policy."
One of the requirements of the regulations for burial grounds in the Castlebar area is that headstones shall not exceed 1.4 metres in height including plinth.
An exemption is made in the case of traditional Celtic crosses, which may be allowed up to a maximum finished height of two metres.
The town council says it reserves the right to order the removal of any headstone/monument 'if they are contradictory to good practice principles already in place'.
Monumental sculptors have been warned that if they breach the rules they may in be prohibited from carrying out future works in burial grounds which are under the control of the town council.