This is the shocking sight which Ellen Keane came across while visiting her Aunt’s grave in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Midleton, last weekend.
The microwave oven appeared overnight on the burial plot of a local Midleton family who passed away in the 1930s and 50s.
Ms Keane said it was a “horrible” situation to be met with, when visiting a relative’s final resting place.
She said while the grave did not belong to any of her family, it was still very stressing to see.
“It’s very upsetting, and what it says to me is that there is actually no respect from whoever has done this.”
Dismayed at the sight of the unwanted microwave oven, Ms Keane said she could not understand why someone would go out of their way to discard the oven, especially when electrical items are recycled free of charge.
This is not the first time some members of the public have used the graveyard as a dumping ground.
Last June the East Cork Journal reported on bags of dog faeces which were hung from trees in the burial ground.
Over 30 bags of excrement were removed from the Midleton Cemetery, even though there is a receptacle for it close by.
There’s a skip at the end of the Church into which they could have thrown the dog dirt, and a refuse bin outside the graveyard on the St Mary’s Highschool end.
On Monday when we visited the cemetery there was evidence that the practice is beginning again, just a few short months after photos appeared in this paper.
The East Cork Journal had attempted to contact the Holy Rosary Church for comment.
However, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Cloyne said the practice of fly tipping in graveyards was unacceptable.
They said “it desecrates consecrated ground, and is hurtful to families who have loved ones buried there.”