Willie praises youth group for work on graveyard

A NEW map of who lies in each grave in Castletown Graveyard has been erected in the last few weeks.

A NEW map of who lies in each grave in Castletown Graveyard has been erected in the last few weeks.

The facility was installed at the entrance to the graveyard by Dundalk Tidy Towns committee after local youth group High Voltage carried out refurbishment works at the graveyard to make it more presentable.

Dundalk Tidy Towns committee chairman, Willie Duffy, heaped praise on High Voltage for the work they did in tidying up the graveyard.

He said: “The idea for the map came about after High Voltage approached the Tidy Towns committee looking for help to do the work.

“We agreed to give them some money towards the clean up and they strimmed down the high grass, cleaned the gravestones and overall did a hell of a job in cleaning the place up. Before then there had been bushes that were waist high.

“When we seen the good work they were doing we started to try and put information together on who all were buried in the graveyard. We drew up the map as best we could and put it on display.”

Willie said he was hopeful that the new map could help people track down their ancestors.

“There’s an old saying that if you don’t have a relative in Castletown then you’re only a runner so it’s a good way for people to track their local heritage.

“If any of the information is not correct though then we’ll be happy to change it.”

Willie admitted that the project would never have got off the ground though were it not for High Voltage.

“They worked so hard on it and it’s a credit to them.

“Young people can get bad publicity at times but they were superb. You can walk around all the graves now and it’s as clean as can be and now that it’s like that they will ensure that it’s kept like that,” he said.