DUNDALK Tidy Towns have completed the first phase of the restoration of Castletown graveyard which dates back to the fifteenth century.
The project began in March 2012 and continued for a year.
The scheme was created by Dundalk Tidy Towns and managed by the tidy towns committee. The work was carried out by members of TUS the community employment scheme.
Castletown was the main graveyard in Dundalk from the 1400s until the establishment of St Patrick’s at Dowdalshill.
Now a new team of TUS workers has taken over and they will maintain the graveyard over the next 12 months.
Their work will include restoring the pathways and keeping the graves tidy.
The chairman of Dundalk Tidy Towns committee, Mr Willie Duffy, has said there has been a dramatic increase in the number of families visiting the graveyard since the restoration.
“The family members have restored their own plots and replaced headstones. Before the work was carried out these graves could hardly be seen,” Mr Duffy said.