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Knocklong and Ardpatrick overall winners in Limerick’ Burial Ground Awards 2016

Published Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

- Communities commended for outstanding work carried out

St Joseph’s Burial Ground in Knocklong and Ardpatrick Burial Ground have been selected the overall Burial Ground Awards for 2016.

Francie Goggin and Jerry McGrath accept the award for 1st place in the Kilmallock area ancient category and 1st place in the Ancient Category Overall on behalf of Ardpatrick Burial Ground from Gordon Daly, Director of Services Limerick City and County Council and Deputy Mayor Noel Gleeson. The Annual Burial Ground Awards took place at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. Picture: Marie Keating.

The announcement was made at a gala ceremony at the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel in Adare last night (Wednesday 15th February).

Voluntary parish committees, community councils, groups and individuals from across Limerick participated in the ninth annual awards scheme, which is organised by the Community Support Services section of Limerick City and County Council.

The awards are divided into two categories, ancient and modern, with individual winners selected for the four areas of Annacotty, Kilmallock, Rathkeale/ Adare and Newcastle West.

St Joseph’s Burial Ground in Knocklong was selected as the overall winner in the Modern section, while Ardpatrick Burial Ground scooped the award in the Ancient category.

Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Noel Gleeson presented the awards. He congratulated all the nominees and said: “everyone is deeply thankful for the time and effort that you all spend in the upkeep of the burial grounds.”

“I want to pay tribute to the communities, burial ground committees, burial ground caretakers and parish councils who look after the upkeep and maintenance of Limerick's 250 cemeteries and especially the winners Knocklong and Ardpatrick.”

Gordon Daly, Director of Services with Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick City and County Council is very thankful for the hard work and commitment of groups and associations as well as individuals across Limerick who maintain their local burial grounds.”

“With assistance from the local authority, it shows that community spirit is very strong across Limerick.”

Burial Grounds Awards Modern Category:

Overall Winner: St Josephs Burial Ground, Knocklong



Rathkeale/ Adare

Newcastle West

1st Castlemungret

1st St Josephs Burial Ground, Knocklong

1st St Mary’s Community Burial Ground, Ballingarry

1st Aughlish Burial Ground, Feohanagh

2nd Ballinure/ Mongfume

2nd St Mary’s Burial Ground, Meanus

2nd St Kyran’s, Community Burial Ground, Coolcappagh

2nd Calvary, Newcastle West

3rd Taylors Cross, Community Burial Ground, Carnane

3rd St Patricks Burial Ground, Anglesborough

3rd Shanagolden Burial Ground

3rd Springfield Burial Ground, Broadford


Burial Grounds Awards Ancient Category:

Overall Winner: Ardpatrick Burial Ground



Rathkeale/ Adare

Newcastle West

1st Raheen

1st Ardpatrick

1st Croagh

1st Templeathea

2nd Killeenagarriff

2nd Kilflyn

2nd Ballinakill, Kilfinny

2nd Castletown Conyers

3rd Carrigparson

3rd Temple

3rd Shanbotha

3rd Monegay


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