Woman wants help to find grandmother’s grave

A woman who is trying to find her deceased Dundalk grandmother’s resting place has hit a brick wall after she discovered that burial records were destroyed.

A woman who is trying to find her deceased Dundalk grandmother’s resting place has hit a brick wall after she discovered that burial records were destroyed.

Val Murphy Ashford, whose parents Patrick And Alice Murphy (nee McNally) lived in Dundalk before moving to the UK in the 1950’s, wishes to lay a plaque and flowers at her grandmother’s grave.

With the help of her many cousins who still live in Dundalk, Val returned to the town last year in the search for the grave.

Val’s father, Patrick, understands that his mother was laid to rest in Castletown graveyard.

Val, who now lives in Birmingham, contacted the council seeking the burial records for the cemetery.

However, the council informed her that the records for the cemetery, which contained the information about the location of graves, were destroyed a number of years ago .

The Old Dundalk Society produced a small booklet in 1992 detailing any information they retrieved from the headstones in the cemetery.

If a headstone was not in place, there is no information available on decease persons locations.

No details of Alice Murphy are documented in the booklet.

The Dundalk Democrat contacted the council regarding the burial records.

Confusion exists around the records, however the council stated that it seems consistent that the records were destroyed in a fire.

The council official said: “There are myths and legends about the records of Castletown graveyard including how the records were destroyed which from my enquiries would seem to have been several generations back.

“What seems to be consistent is that the records were lost to a fire. The local authority was not it seems the keeper of the records at that time.”

Val told the paper that she is continuing her journey to find her grandmothers grave.

“I just want to lay flowers on my grandmother’s grave or erect a headstone at her resting place,” Val told the Democrat.

“I want to recognise that she was part of my family. My father is elderly now but often speaks about her.

“I’ve hit a brick wall. I’ve contacted the burial board and the Louth County Council. I’ve replied to the Council’s letter, but I have yet to hear back from them.” Val also thanked the people on the Northend and Friend’s page on Facebook who have been helpful to her.

If you can help Val in her search, contact The Dundalk Democrat on 0429395612.