St. John’s cemetery, Glantane has recently undergone a series of enhancement works which has significantly improved access to the cemetery. The works were organised and managed by the St. John’s Cemetery Committee with the financial assistance of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership as part of the Leader Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013.
The enhancement works undertaken were the removal of existing pathways withing the cemetery which were delapitated and dangerous and replacing them with new wider concrete pathways. The entrance to the cemetery was also enhanced with water also installed throughout the cemetery. Old graves have been restored to their natural existence with corner stones and boundaries to some graves also repaired. The works were carried out by local contractor, Brian Quinn Construction along with overwhelming voluntary labour from the parishioners of Kilshannig.
Welcoming the completion of the works, local councillor John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) said “This is a wonderful example of community involvement in the Glantane area. Volunteers within the parish have come together under the guidance of Jerry O’ Keeffe, Chairman of St. John’s Cemetery Committee to work in partnership with community leaders, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership in order to enhance their community cemetery. This is what community involvement and spirit is all about and the results are indeed exceptional with the workmanship on this project second to none”.
This is the first project completed by St. John’s Cemetery Committee and no doubt will be the first of many projects undertaken by this enthusiastic group of volunteers in the years to come. With the existing cemetery in Glantane currently near full capacity, St. John’s Cemetery Committee will be working closely with Cork County Council over to coming months in relation to planning the expansion of the existing cemetery. Cork County Council recently purchased lands adjacent to St. John’s Cemetery in order to provide additional resting space for our loved ones into the future.