Dublin cemeteries ‘full’

Dublin City Council cemeteries should have special walls installed for cremated remains, according to a report.

A feasibility study by the council’s Parks and Landscape Services revealed that many of the older cemeteries have now reached full capacity and there is a need to find other interment options.

The report looked to see if it was possible to erect Columbarium Walls – a wall designed to hold cremated remains – in graveyards under Dublin City Council’s control, as approximately 60% of all recorded deaths are now followed by cremation.

It recognised that there is merit for a number of council owned graveyards to have Columbarium Walls, providing choice for people to be interred in their own locality, which in many cases are now closed for burials.

The report added: “Many of Dublin City Council cemeteries have significant heritage value of national importance, and any intervention must be done sensitively in conjunction with Dublin City Council Heritage section and prescribed bodies.

“It is therefore recommended that a cemetery master plan be drafted which will include Columbarium Walls. This will act as a focus for the future sustainable management and maintenance of the cemeteries under our control.”

Dublin City Council owns several cemeteries at Graveyards Bluebell, Clontarf, Killester, Raheny, St Canices, Donnybrook and Merrion.

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