I strongly condemn the Mindless vandalism to St Josephs Graveyard at the weekend sadly my motion last December was ignored when i asked that Kelland Homes be made put a higher wall around this historical site. Mount Saint Joseph’s  Cemetery is now a Protected Structure under the County Development Plan 2016-2022 and i don’t feel SDCC is doing enough to protect it.

MEETING OF CLONDALKIN AREA COMMITTEE

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MOTION NO. 15

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

”In regards to Mount St. Joseph Cemetery, this area committee asks that SDCC contact Kelland Homes and request that Kelland Homes

1) Investigate the heightening of wall of Graveyard – this would protect inner structure and

2) Ask Kelland Homes to put a new layer of stones in Graveyard – prior to SDCC taking the Ruins in charge.

Also to ask that SDCC Heriatge officer meet with Clondalkin Tidy Towns to advise and discuss restoration of Mount St.Joseph Cemetery”

REPORT:

The condition of the walls at Mount St Joseph’s Cemetery were discussed with Kelland Homes at a recent site meeting. The Developer has been requested to make good the tops of the walls and to ensure that they are suitably capped so that the structural integrity of the walls remains intact. Given that the cemetery is surrounded by an existing fence, there are no proposals to raise the height of the walls.

The Developer has recently carried out works to restrict access to the two underground copses and erected gates at both openings. Further works that have been requested include the removal of vegetation from the grounds inside the walls of the cemetery, however, the application of a new layer of stone is not something that the developer has been requested to provide. This matter can be assessed if required after the open space and cemetery have been taken in charge.

The Heritage Officer will contact the Clondalkin Tidy Towns Group to assist where possible and advises that as Mount Saint Joseph’s  Cemetery is now a Protected Structure under the County Development Plan 2016-2022, the Group will also need to liaise with the Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer with regards to any proposed works or projects they wish to undertake on the site.