Residents call for restoration of ‘forgotten’ cemetery

Tommy Spence and Jackie Dawson at the gate of the 'forgotten' cemetry.  INNT 16-426-RM

Tommy Spence and Jackie Dawson at the gate of the 'forgotten' cemetry. INNT 16-426-RM

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Monkstown residents have urged the authorities to restore a forgotten cemetery and put in place suitable public access to the historic site.

The former Monkstown Church and Graveyard lies just off the Knockagh Road and has become overgrown and is almost inaccessible.

It has been scheduled as a site and monument of historical significance, but problems identifying the land’s owner have meant conservation work cannot begin.

Monkstown residents Jackie Dawson and Tommy Spence have said the cemetery represents an important part of the area’s local history and it is vital that it is restored and maintained for future generations.

Jackie told the Times: “The heart has been ripped out of Monkstown and now it is just another concrete sprawl of houses - nothing like what it used to be.

“This cemetery is a small part of all that is left of the original Monkstown and it should be maintained.

“This could be cleared and restored with an access put in with grants from the lottery and it would provide much needed jobs - it shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste.

“We all realise money is tight, but our heritage cannot be allowed to be forgotten about.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...