Update on Kilbanivane Graveyard – Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae

At its worst the flooding at Kilbanivane is one of the most distressing and upsetting scenes for people with loved ones buried there. Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae sent the news that flood alleviation work is to be carried out before the end of the year. ©Photograph: John Reidy 26-1-2014

Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae sent an update on the occasional flooding problems at Kilbanivane Cemetery here in Castleisland.

He sets out his stall on the issue by informing us that he raised the disturbing and upsetting problems at his very first meeting after being elected in July 2019.

He has, he said, continued to highlight the situation at every opportunity along with his other elected colleagues.

Work to Commence Before Year’s End

“Kerry County Council will undertake minor works in Kilbanivane Graveyard, Castleisland before the end of 2020,” said Cllr. Healy Rae.

“The works are unfortunately only minor, but, will hopefully alleviate water lodging in the graveyard.

The work being undertaken includes: The installation of four gullies and associated pipework along the southern pathway in the graveyard.

Links to Existing Drains

his pipework will be linked to the existing drain outside the front wall of the graveyard.

While this work will in no way prevent future flooding in the graveyard it should help any flood water get away quicker in the event of it happening.

“It’s a step in the right direction while other solutions are sought out,” he concluded.

Something Happened at Kilbanivane

There is a big change this year in the situation at Kilbanivane. During the heaviest and most sustained of the rain over the past few months, the cemetery has remained relatively flood free.

So has the corner of the field across the road. In times of flooding in recent years, the water levels in the field and the cemetery flooded and ebbed simultaneously. That the field has been bone dry all year in spite of the rain fall levels is an encouraging development and it’s one that the families and relatives of those buried there are hoping will continue.

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