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SECAD and The Heritage Council announce a new initiative concerned with the conservation of our Historic Graveyards

SECAD and The Heritage Council announce a new initiative concerned with the conservation of our Historic Graveyards

SECAD and The Heritage Council announce a new initiative concerned with the conservation of our Historic Graveyards


South and East Cork Area Development Ltd are seeking community groups who are interested in the care and conservation of the old graveyards in their area to participate in an exciting new initiative. Funded by the Heritage Council, the initiative aims to work with community volunteers to develop a detailed conservation plan for their parish graveyard.

“Historic graveyards provide an insight into the skills, crafts and lives of those who built them and are buried within them; they often contain a rich natural heritage, which may have been relatively undisturbed for years, providing a valuable habitat for insects, birds and mammals; many contain within them a wealth of archaeological and architectural heritage” said Grace Fox of SECAD.

With the support of the Heritage Team of Cork County Council, Archaeologists, Ecologists, Stone Masons and Ironwork specialists, the community volunteers will be brought through all of the potential issues facing these historic sites and will learn best practice for dealing with each issue. They will also be supported through the development of an approved maintenance plan.

Community groups often have trouble accessing funding for repair work in graveyards. However the presence of an approved maintenance plan will help groups overcome this issue. It will also ensure that volunteers know the best way to deal with any issues from fallen headstones to inaccessible paths without adversely affecting the ecological or archaeological integrity of the graveyard.

Applicants must be from inside the SECAD Operational Area which is outlined on the attached map. There are limited places available on the course so interested groups are asked to fill out an application form which is attached.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Grace Fox in SECAD on 021 4613432 or gfox@secad.ie


Community Graveyard Management Plan Development

Application Guidelines


  • Please fill out the application form in full.


  • We can only accept applications from communities within the SECAD operational area of South and East Cork. If you are unsure whether you are in the SECAD area you can check on the attached map.


  • Successful applicants will receive expert support to develop a maintenance plan for one chosen graveyard. This plan will outline any maintenance and conservation issues present in the graveyard and will assist groups when applying for funding in the future to address any conservation issues.


  • Successful applicants will be required to attend a min of 5 group planning sessions in the SECAD centre in Midleton and 4 field study sessions.


  • It is the responsibility of the community group to compile the conservation plan. All plans must be completed and returned to SECAD by the 30th of September 2014. Mentoring support will be available during this phase.


  • Completed plans must be approved by all relevant agencies prior to the commencement of any maintenance work. These may include (where relevant) Cork County Council, The National Monuments Service, The National Parks and Wildlife Service and The Department of Arts, Heritage and The Gaelthact.


  • Community groups are welcome to submit more than one application. Each application/graveyard must be submitted on a separate application form.


  • The closing date for applications is Monday May 19th 2014 at 5pm. Late applications cannot be accepted.


  • Signed applications can be submitted by email to gfox@secad.ie or by mail to Grace Fox. SECAD, Owenacurra Business Park, Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co Cork.


  • This project is funded by the Heritage Council. Successful applicants must organise an event during Heritage Week 2014 which runs from August 23rd – 31st. Further details are available at www.heritageweek.ie  


Application form – SECAD Heritage Council – Copy


Application form – SECAD Heritage Council





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