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Kildare County Council (Cemeteries) Bye-Laws 2018

Notice is hereby given that Kildare County Council has adopted bye-laws for the regulation of cemeteries in the control or in the ownership of the Council at its December monthly meeting held on 17 December 2018.
The new bye-laws make provision for the imposition of a fixed payment in respect of a contravention of a bye-law as an alternative to a prosecution, as provided for in Section 206 of the Local Government Act 2001.
The commencement date for the new bye-laws is Friday 1 March 2019.
A copy of the adopted Bye-laws may be inspected (or purchased for a fee of €5) at the Environment Department (Level 6), Kildare County Council - Telephone 045 980588- or viewed online on the Council’s website.

Kildare County Council (Cemeteries) Bye-Laws 2018


There is a large number of burial grounds in Kildare. Kildare County Council administers some of them, whilst others are not in the care of the Council.

 Please contact the relevant Caretaker/Register:






Phone No.

1 Allen Anne Molyneaux Allen,Kilmeague, Naas 045 860751  
2 Athy Paul Lawler Forest View, Kilberry, Athy 087-1880411  
3 Ballybracken Kildangan Michael Murray 1129 Walterstown, Nurney, Co. Kildare 045-526732 087-6603615 Extension only Lawn Cemetery
4 Ballymore Eustace Vacant Contact the office 045 980588 Extension Lawn
5 Barrettstown Thomas Keegan Woodbine House,Clongorey, Newbridge 045 436329 045-431223 087-2498364  
6 Bodenstown Vacant Contact the office 045 980588  
7 Broadford (Garrisker) Paddy Maguire Wood Dale, Clonuff, Broadford 089 4147869  
8 Castledermot Mrs. Doran Barnhill, Castledermot 059 9144471 086-0840323 Lawn
9 Celbridge (Donaghcomper) Laurence Byrne 25 Vanessa Lawns, Celbridge 086-3511106 / 01-6272747 New Extension Lawn
10 Churchtown Bob Byrne Brackna, Athy 087 6699478  
  Clane (Abbey and Mainham) John Cribbin Mainham, Clane 087 0601625 Extension Lawn
1 Crookstown Thomas Supple 1548 Mill Lane, Ballytore 059-8623308 087-6700702  
1 Derrinturn Liam Maher Ticknevin, Carbury, Co. Kildare 087-2152329 Extension Lawn
13 Eadestown Brendan Lane Blackhall, Punchestown, Naas 086-2323567 / 045-898014  
14 Gormanstown John Brady Mile Mill, Kilcullen 045 481020 087 1345919 Lawn
15 Kilcock (Boycetown or St. Joseph’s) Tom O’Keeffe 727 Courtown Road, Kilcock 087-6534134 / 01-6284308  
16 Kilcullen (New Abbey and St. Brigid’s) John Brady Mile Mill, Kilcullen 045 481020 087 1345919 St. Brigid’s Lawn
17 Kildare (St. Conleth’s) Jimmy Dignam 757 Rowanville, Kildare 045 522253 085-1667604  
18 Kilmeade Thomasina Lanigan Crookstown Lower Ballitore 086-2293002  
19 Kilshanroe Paddy Maguire Wood Dale, Clonuff, Broadford 089 4147869  
20 Leixlip (Confey)  Michael Norris  64 Newtown Park, Leixlip   087 9208469  
21 Maynooth (Laraghbryan) Peter Mahony Environment section, KCC, Devoy Park, Naas 087-2533702 01-6012362  
22 Monasterevin Christy Melia Gurteenoona Monasterevin 045 529507  
23 Moone Extension Peter Delaney Simmonstown, Moone 087-6649480 Lawn
24 Naas Graham Hughes St. Corbans Cemetery Lodge, Dublin Road, Naas 087-9456395  
25 Newbridge (St. Conleth’s) Richie Leonard/David Herbert St Conleth’s Cemetery Lodge, Newbridge, Co Kildare 087-7388238 New Extension Lawn
26 Nurney Michael Murray 1129 Walterstown, Nurney, Co. Kildare 045-526732 087-6603615  
27 Prosperous William Coyle Landestown, Sallins 087-9734017 / 045-868654 Extension Lawn
28 Rathangan Peter Daly Drennanstown, Boston Hill, Rathangan 085-1650171  
29 Staplestown Sheila Casey Staplestown 045 869540 Extension Lawn
30 Straffan Maurice Salmon Castledillon, Straffan 01 6272510  
31 Suncroft (and Carna) Paddy Behan Martinstown, Suncroft 086-6067619 Suncroft Extension Lawn


Burial Ground Charges are as follows:

Single burial plot: €1,100 (VAT exempt)

Double burial plot: €2,160 (VAT exempt)

Grave opening fee €125 (incl. VAT)

Ashes plots (Newbridge Cemetery only) €200

Grave opening (ashes only) €65

NOTE: Ash plots are currently only available at Newbridge Cemetery, we will be providing ash plots in all cemeteries in the future. Please check with local caretaker for more information.


Grants will be made available to parish/voluntary groups who undertake work of a clean up/maintenance nature in local cemeteries. In addition, provision of free wheeled bins and collection are available to cemeteries on Kildare County Council's refuse collection routes.
Application forms are available in: forms

Advice to voluntary groups about care and maintenance of old graveyards

General: There is a large number of graveyards in County Kildare. Many of these are disused but the rest are used for burials, some of course, only occasionally. In general, the older graveyards occupy the sites of churches and monastic settlements from early or medieval times, but some are attached to Penal times or post-Penal times Mass houses. There are a few rare instances also of graveyards continuing back to pre-Christian pagan times. In any of these graveyards, archaeological information may still survive beneath the uneven surface. Over the ground may be located the remains of churches, castle churches, early Christian crosses and slabs, fonts, altar tombs, mausoleums, wart stones, etc. It is important to remember that each site is different, resulting in a different problem concerning any radical improvement being undertaken.

Cleaning: A neglected graveyard should first be cleaned of all dense grass and growth at a preliminary stage of the work. Grass and weeds that are out of hand, and brambles, bushes and ivy may hide broken vaults, iron railings and carved stones. On no condition should the ground be levelled as a quick aid to maintenance. Any uneven surface may cover early features, earthworks or foundations; leveling would destroy these. Earthmoving should not be considered nor should earthmoving machinery be used in a graveyard. Burning or chemical killing of weeds should not be undertaken as these tend to encourage a rigorous secondary growth of nettles and weeds and may also cause damage to headstones.

Maintenance: Three or four cuttings a year will generally suffice to keep the growth at bay, provided this is done every year. It is suggested that this be carried out by means of traditional hand tools, e.g. hooks and scythes. Recently, it has been found that the rotating auto-scythe or strimmer is an excellent tool for this type of work.

Paths: It is important that paths be maintained, but it is not recommended that new paths be provided. The level of paths should not be altered by excavating. They should be cleaned of growth and any hollows made up. They may then be treated with a general purpose weedkiller; care being taken not to damage the grass on either side. It is not recommended that paths be finished with tarmac or concrete or enclosed by concrete curbs. Pebbles, small aggregate gravel or quarry dust makes a much more pleasing finish to any pathway within a graveyard. Gravestones should never be used for paving or edging paths. Boundary Treatment: A small number of graveyards are surrounded by very attractive stone walls dating from the 18th or 19th century. In general, these are in a reasonable state of repair. Where breaks have occurred, they should be repaired with natural local stone to match the existing. Where a hedge acts as a boundary, this should be trimmed and improved rather than replaced. An earthen boundary bank or iron railing fence should be repaired rather than replaced by modern materials. Any ivy on walls should be cut as near the ground as possible and left to decay. On no condition should ivy be pulled from walls before it decays. Similar care should also be taken with entrance features such as piers, stiles and coffin rests, etc.

Trees and Bushes: Mature trees are often an attractive feature of graveyards but they need to be watched, and trimmed where necessary, to avoid damage from falling branches. The planting of new trees should be restricted to the graveyard boundary if this is shown not to interfere with possible archaeological remains, burials or the boundary itself. Saplings and brambles should be cut at ground level and new growth controlled. Trees that cause damage to graves and structures should be felled but only in such a manner as not to cause damage to the graves or structures. Stumps should be treated with chemicals to stop further growth. On no condition should trees or tree stumps be uprooted, as this will cause damage to buried remains. None of the debris gathered in this way should be burned within the graveyard boundary, as this will cause damage to grave markers and/or stonework.

Ironwork: Ironwork features such as perimeter railings and gates, iron grave markers and railed surrounds to graves can represent important examples of a blacksmith's or ironfounder's art. After years of exposure, they are generally in need of care and attention. Ironwork should be rubbed down and painted with a rust-proof paint and finished with a black top coat. Ironwork should be removed if it is very badly broken or decayed.

Graves and Gravestones: Graves may be marked in many ways, for example, rough unlettered stones, architectural fragments, ancient stone crosses, markers of wood or iron and trimmed bushes, as well as shaped and inscribed headstones. It is recommended that leaning headstones should not be straightened if they are stable; loose stones should be stabilized and fallen ones set back in place if their position is clear. If a stone is broken with the lower part still in place, the two pieces should be kept together by setting the broken top in the ground against the stump. Loose stones whose positions are lost may be moved to the edge of the graveyard, but on no account should there be wholesale moving of gravestones for the sake of tidiness. No headstones should be moved without a detailed record of their position and inscriptions. A growth of lichen may occur on some headstones but this does little harm. A heavy moss cover, however, harbours damp and obscures the inscription. Cleaning with a piece of wood and a stiff bristle brush is generally adequate but wire brushing or metal tools should never be used as this will cause damage to the stone. It is also important that gravestones are recorded (fully transcribed, mapped and photographed) before their information is weathered away forever.

Historical Features and Structures:Many of the older graveyards contain important ancient stones, quite apart from the gravestones. Some are well known and cared for, but other new stones may be found during the clean-up work. These could include fragments of carved crosses, cross slabs, portions of medieval altar tombs, holy water and baptismal fonts, as well as architectural features such as doors and windows. If these are loose, they should be put away safely and reported to the County Council. Any stones imbedded in the ground should be left, as they may form part of some almost-vanished structure. The graveyards may also contain the ruins of an old church, round tower, castle, mausoleum or other structure. Masonry walls need specialized work and Kildare County Council will be glad to advise on this and other structural problems. Initially, work should be confined to cutting ivy and other growth. Ivy should never be pulled away, but cut close to the ground and allowed to wither and die in position. Low walls covered with soil and sod should never be cleaned off, as this cover provides protection and a newly uncovered wall will decay quickly unless conserved at once

Use of Equipment and Machinery:Where lawnmowers and strimmers are used only persons over 18 years of age should operate them. They should always be used with the guards (protective equipment) provided, and the operators made fully aware of the safety precautions recommended for their use. Protective goggles should be used by operators with all types of strimmers and a minimum distance of five yards should be maintained between the operator of the strimmer and other persons.

Insurance: It is a matter for each voluntary group to arrange insurance cover, as Council insurance does not cover such groups. Where insurance is taken out by a group for voluntary work in cemeteries, the Council would consider making a contribution to the insurance premium.