Unprecedented Flood Levels Swamp Graves in Kilbanivane

This photograph, sent by Cormac O'Mahony, shows Kilbanivane Cemetery under unprecedented levels of floodwater on Saturday morning.
This photograph, sent by Cormac O’Mahony, shows Kilbanivane Cemetery under unprecedented levels of floodwater on Saturday morning.

The disgrace that is the ongoing flooding of Kilbanivane Cemetery is a continuous source of distress to people who have loved ones buried there.

I got some photographs emailed to me over the past couple of days and they show the water levels at the highest I’ve seen since the flooding there became more prominent in recent years.

Pipe Causing Flooding

I’ve listened to suggestions that the pipe crossing the road from the cemetery to Maher’s field is what’s causing the worst of the flooding there.

Cllr. Maura Healy Rae and her father, Danny Healy Rae, TD have made renewed calls for flood alleviation plans to be put in place in the Kilbanivane area. Photographs: John Reidy

The water bubbles up at the south western corner of the cemetery where the manhole, which is supposed to be draining the site, is exactly situated.

It seems that the greater water pressure from the flooded field is forcing the water back through the pipe and flooding where it’s supposed to be draining.

Healy Rae Representations

An email from Deputy Danny Healy-Rae and Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae tells us that they have again made representations regarding the flooding of Kilbanivane Cemetery following the situation there at the weekend.

“This is of huge concern to people who have family members buried there. We have appealed to Kerry County Council to do everything possible to rectify this and we are also asking them to clear the blockages in the Gleansharoon River, which, when it overflows it then comes down into the graveyard,” said the statement.


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