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The sad passing of county’s grave diggers

THE full implementation of new burial ground regulations will lead to the demise of the long established and cherished practice of grave digging, a local undertaker has warned. Clare County Council is preparing to engage in public consultation over its new draft burial ground bylaws containing controversial provisions, including a requirement to sink a grave to at least 8ft for a new interment, unless consent is obtained from the Health Service Executive (HSE). Anyone flouting the bylaws may be asked to pay a fixed payment of €75 as an alternative to prosecution. Any offender who is prosecuted could face fines of up to €1,905 on conviction in the district court and a fine of €127 per day if the offence continues. Miltown Malbay-based undertaker, James O’Friel said grave diggers will no longer be a feature of burials, particularly in rural areas, if the council proceeds to introduce these new regulations. Stating that 8ft is well over 2ft higher than most …

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The late Paddy Kennedy

The Late Paddy Kennedy

THE death has occurred of Mr Paddy Kennedy, the Ennis undertaker, after a short illness.  Mr Kennedy, a  very popular man in the Ennis community, was well-known through his business as an undertaker. He was a discreet and comforting person to families who sought his services, which he carried out with total professionalism. Mr Kennedy enjoyed a wide circle of friends in Ennis and the wider area, who, along with his immediate family, were saddened to learn of his death. Mr Kennedy’s remains will repose at Kennedy’s funeral parlour from 5pm on Sunday with removal to Ennis Cathedral.  Burial will be after 11am requiem mass on Monday to Drumcliffe cemetery.

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