Burial Ground Awards 2018: Gerard Costello, Stephen Moloney and Patrick C Fitzgerald, Anhid Burial Ground, were pictured receiving their award from Gordon Daly, Limerick City and County Council and Deputy Mayor Michael Collins for 1st place in the Operations South and 1st place overall in the Ancient Category at the Burial Ground Awards at the Rathkeale House Hotel. Picture: Marie Keating
Templeglantine and Anhid overall winners in Burial Ground Awards 2018
Reilig na Trionóide, Templeglantine and Ahnid Burial Ground near Croom, have been selected the overall winners in the Burial Ground Awards 2018.
The announcement was made at a gala ceremony at the Rathkeale House Hotel, where the winners were announced in the Modern and Ancient categories.
The Burial Ground Awards 2018 are divided into two categories, ancient and modern, with individual winners selected for the three operational areas, which cover the whole of Limerick – Operations North, Operations South and Operations West.
Voluntary parish committees, community councils, groups and individuals from across Limerick participated in the 11th annual awards scheme, which is organised by the Community Development Department of Limerick City and County Council.
Speaking at the gala ceremony, Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins congratulated all the nominees and said: “It’s a great privilege for me to be here with you this evening at these awards, to celebrate, not just your work, but your commitment and dedication to your own areas.”
“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, day in day out, week in week out maintain their local burial grounds.”
“Everyone is deeply thankful for the time and effort that you all spend in the upkeep of the burial grounds.”
Gordon Daly, Director of Services with Limerick City and County Council said: “With an increasing interest in genealogy and family history research our ancient burial grounds are an invaluable source of information. A particular word of thanks to all those who care for and record these important parts of our heritage to ensure that this information will be available to future generations.”
“I want to express our thanks to all the committees represented tonight. Your hard work is greatly appreciated and it is just one of the many ways that you contribute to your communities on a voluntary basis.”
Acknowledgments were also given to Limerick Civic Trust, Ballyhoura Development and West Limerick Resources who run the Rural Social Scheme Programme. The workers on these schemes along with TUS and Community Employment Schemes play an important role in the maintenance of our graveyards and also the historic monuments contained within them.
The guest speaker this year was Eoghan Daltun who is an expert in stone conservation.
Burial Grounds Awards Modern Category:
Overall Winner: Reilig na Trionóide, Templeglantine Burial Ground
1st Old Pallas Burial Ground
2nd Inch St. Lawrence Burial Ground, Caherconlish
3rd St. Lelia’s Burial Ground, Kileely
1st Caherelly Burial Ground
2nd Bruree Burial Ground
3rd Bruff Burial Ground
1st Reilig na Trionóide, Templeglantine Burial Ground
2nd St. Nicholas Burial Ground, Adare
3rd Feenagh Burial Ground
Burial Grounds Awards Ancient Category:
Overall Winner: Anhid Burial Ground
1st Stradbally Church of Ireland Burial Ground
2nd Towerhill Burial Ground
3rd Oola Burial Ground
1st Anhid Burial Ground
2nd Castlejane Burial Ground
3rd Kilflynn Burial Ground
1st Kilcoleman West Burial Ground
2nd Cloncagh Burial Ground
3rd Rathkeale Church of Ireland Burial Ground
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