Grave Situation-Cemeteries to Run Out of Burial Plots in Less Than a Decade

By Seamus Whelehan


The Southern Committee of Cork County Council has been asked to make a business case to justify a request for a new Cemetery to service Midleton and environs.

Cllr Noel Collins raised ‘grave’ concerns that Midleton and environs are in the grip of a burial crisis, as there will be no space to bury the dead soon.

The problem is particularly serious in Midleton he said, “Burial plots in the Parish Cemetery in Midleton are fast filling up and is now a matter of urgency.”

While the option of cremation is available, there is also a provision in the Planning Legislation which allows for a private individual to develop a grave yard.

In recent years Cork County Council took soil tests in Knockgriffin and Rocky Road Midleton but these locations were found to be unsuitable for human remains.

The Independent Councillor said the Authority should consider testing private sites in Midleton where the problem will soon be a grave one in every sense of the word.


Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy, who backed Cllr Collin’ Motion, said with the increase in demand for burial spaces, providing a new burial site has become a pressing matter in Midleton.

“There is no room at the inn when it comes to housing and, if we don’t soon take action, it’s going to be the same when it comes to burial” said the Midleton based Cllr.

In a written report, Council Director Municipal District Operations and Rural Affairs, Niall Healy, said “Council will continue to evaluate any potential sites identified in order to ascertain their suitability.