Trees need to be felled so more burials can take place at Kildare Cemetery

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Trees are to be removed from the historic Bodenstown Cemetery, outside Sallins, so that more burials can take place there.

A number of offers have been received for the felling of a significant number of trees.

Kildare County Council has also applied for permission to carry out the work with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and work will start as soon as the bird nesting season ends.

Cllr Carmel Kelly highlighted the impact of the cemetery closure on the community and urged KCC to find a solution.

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Cllr Kelly said she was ‘very hopeful that in September we can remove enough trees to ensure that Sallins residents who wish to be buried in their local cemetery can be buried there.’

Clr Carmel Kelly

She also said he was unsure how many more burials there might be.

“It depends on the root system of the trees, especially those close to the cemetery wall, but I hope that around ten more burials could take place.”

Cllr Kelly said that should allow plenty of time to develop a new graveyard.

Local TD James Lawless TD has been in contact with Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan and physically delivered the application documents to him.

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