Public meeting on Kilcully cemetery vandalism this weekend

Public meeting on Kilcully cemetery vandalism this weekend
Vandalism damage to headstones at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully, Co. Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

There will be a public meeting about the Kilcully graveyard vandalism this weekend.

The meeting will take place at 2pm this Sunday (January 26) in The Commons Hotel on the New Mallow Road.

Local residents who were affected by the vandalism in St Catherine's graveyard, and others who have loved ones buried there, are invited to attend.

An update from the City Council will also be provided.

A statement from the Kilcully Action Group read: "Public meeting to be held at The Commons Hotel 2pm this coming Sunday! For an update from the council on where we are at in relation to our asks!"

"The committee would encourage everyone to attend, even people who [weren't] affected [by] the shocking attacks on graves in St Catherine's cemetery Kilcully. 

"The committee are fully committed to ensuring that we make sure this never happens again and the hundreds of families who have loved ones buried in St Catherine's cemetery can rest and sleep knowing full measures are in place to prevent anything like this again."

St Catherine's cemetery has seen numerous incidents of shocking vandalism including damage to headstones, as well as statues and items on graves being damaged. 

The City Council previously said that they would not pay for the damage done to the graves at the start of January. 

The estimated cost of this damage was €16,000.

The council has said it "cannot accept responsibility for damage to private property" within all its thirteen graveyards but acknowledged the "upset and stress" caused to families.

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