Increased concern on the shortage of burial space throughout the North West

More communities throughout the north west are becoming increasingly concerned over the shortage of space in burial grounds.

And a meeting of Sligo County Council has heard the day now appears to be gone when landowners donate an area for use as a cemetery or graveyard extension.

It means the county council has to shoulder the cost of acquiring virtually all land that’s now needed for burial grounds or extensions.

And that’s if suitable land can be found.

Sligo councillors have been told there’s only 25 to 30 new plots left in St Nathy’s Cemetery in Collooney while there’s also little space remaining in Rosses Point cemetery.

In other graveyards and cemeteries across the north west, space is also running out.

Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy says he wants to ensure a situation does not arise in Collooney that has already occurred in other areas where’s there’s little space for people to bury loved ones in their local cemetery or graveyard.