The opening line to Johnny’s Logan winning Eurovision song what’s another year is “I’ve been waiting such a long time”.
Well for those affected by the recent flooding at Kilbanivane Cemetery in Castleisland, they have certainly been waiting for a lot longer but in this instance it has been an year, since the matter was raised here in the Outlook.
It is also an issue that is hitting those on the Local Election canvass with one candidate “horrified” at the current situation.
Speaking to the Outlook, Jackie Healy Rae said he was “horrified at the ongoing flooding that is occurring at Kilbanivane graveyard. This is a matter that is ongoing with over 12 months and highlighted with council officials by Michael Healy-Rae and recently again by myself. Respecting all dead is probably the most important thing that is so close to everyone’s hearts. Allowing this ongoing flooding is certainly not acceptable in anyone’s opinion. I appreciate that Kerry County Council have done works already in trying to address this problem. However, an awful lot more needs to be done. I have been assured that engineers are trying to devise a proper solution that will fix this problem once and for all.
Kath Breen who raised the matter rather dramatically through a number of Facebook posts last year, with up to 25 photographs showing headstones and graves under water, raised the issue again a year on.
Sadly in the views of many, very little has changed apart from the date with a number of people already this year having had to deal with seeing their loved ones graves flooded.
Let’s hope we won’t have to repeat this story again next year. –
Donal Barry Editorial Comment