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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:

No. Cemetery Caretaker/Registrar Address Phone No.
1 Allen (lawn type) Anne Molyneaux Allen, Kilmeague, Naas 045 860751
  Allen extension Anne Molyneaux Allen, Kilmeague, Naas 045 860751
2 Athy (St. Michaels) Paul Lawlor Athy

 087 7962400

3 Ballymore Eustace (lawn type) Bernard Curran 2873 Churchview Estate, Caragh

045 876863

087 2474818

4 Barrettstown Thomas Keegan Woodbine House, Clongorey, Newbridge

045 431223

045 436329

087 2498364

5 Bodenstown Bernard Curran 2873 Churchview Estate, Caragh

045 876863

087 2474818

6 Broadford (Garrisker) Derek Farrell Ballinadrimna, Broadford  046 9551995   087/6897258
7 Castledermot (Coltstown) Mary Doran Barnhill, Castledermot

059 9144471

 086 0840323

8 Celbridge (Donaghcomper) Laurence Byrne 25 Vanessa Lawns, Celbridge

01 6272747

086 3511106

  Celbridge (Donaghcomper) extension Laurence Byrne 25 Vanessa Lawns, Celbridge  01 6272747

086 3511106

9 Clane, Abbey (lawn type) Breda Cribbin Mainham, Clane 045 868212
  Clane, Mainham and Mainham extension Breda Cribbin Mainham, Clane 045 868212
10 Crookstown Thomas Supple 1548 Mill Lane, Ballytore

059 8623308

087 6700702

11 Derrinturn Bernard Curran 2873 Churchview Estate, Caragh

045 876863

087 2474818

12 Eadestown Brendan Lane Blackhall, Punchestown 086 2323567
13 Kilcock (Boycetown or St. Joseph’s) Tom O'Keefe  727 Courtown Road  087/6534134
01 6284308 thomasokeeffe727@gmail.com
14 Kilcullen, New Abbey (lawn type) John Brady Mile Mill, Kilcullen

045 481020

087 1345919

  Kilcullen, Gormanstown extension (lawn type)  John Brady  Mile Mill, Kilcullen  045 481020

087 1345919

  Kilcullen, St. Brigid’s John Brady  Mile Mill, Kilcullen  045 481020

087 1345919

15 Kildare (St. Conleth’s) James Dignam 757 Rowanville, Kildare

045 522253

086 2770477

16 Kilmeade (kerbing flush with ground level) Thomas Lanigan Crookstown Lower Ballytore

059 8623263

087 1345919

17 Kilshanroe Derek Farrell  Ballinadrimna, Broadford  046 9551995   087/6897258
18 Leixlip (Confey) Matthew Mannering 74 walled Gardens Celbridge 087 7912629
    or  Kevin Brady   087 9524860
19 Maynooth (Laraghbryan including extension) Larry O’Brien 510 Newtown, Maynooth

01 6285088

087 2739106

20 Monasterevin Christy Melia Gurteenoona, Monasterevin  045 550058
21 Naas (St. Corbans) Graham Hughes Naas 087 9456395
22 Newbridge (St. Conleth’s) Ritchie Leonard Newbridge 087 73888238
23 Nurney Gertrude Morgan Lenagorra, Nurney 045 526742
24 Prosperous William Coyle Landestown Sallins

045 868654

087 9734017

25 Rathangan William Byrne Boherkill, Rathangan 045 524488
26 Staplestown Sheila Casey Staplestown, Donadea 045 869540
27 Straffan Maurice Salmon Castledillon, Straffan 01 6272510
28 Suncroft (and Carna) (lawn type) Helen Behan Martinstown, Suncroft 045 441865

 

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)

 CEMETERY MAINTENANCE GRANTS

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.