The historic section of North Abbey Cemetery Youghal is in a state of disrepair, but not for lack of effort.
After months of lobbying, Municipality Chairwoman, Mary Linehan Foley received the backing of Cork County Council to clear the historic section of the burial ground.
Local residents had expressed concern over long-term problems at the grave yard.
Overgrown grass and weeds were breaking the hearts of families with loved ones buried there.
Previous requests to the Municipal district were refused as they are private family plots.
The Independent Cllr told this week’s Southern Committee meeting a lot of the graves that are overgrown are of people whose relatives have long past on.
She said “I don’t think anyone would let a grave get into this state. There are voluntary groups like the tidy towns and Youghal4all who would go in and clean it. It’s too much for one man who is responsible for the cemetery in Youghal.”
Deputy Chief Executive of Cork County Council told Cllr Linehan Foley he would “look sympathetically” on the issue.
“Obviously we would be sympathetic to the notion of local people looking after their own areas and their cemeteries.”
He said in the meantime he would look at what protections from liability are there for volunteers who maintain the cemetery.