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Parish Graveyards,

Ballycastle, Ballintoy & Ballinlea.

The parish graveyards are owned and maintained

by the parishes for the use of their parishioners.

As a result of a number of recent enquiries and in the interest of providing clarity and ensuring consistency, the following rules will apply to all parishioners in respect of the use of the Parish Graveyards.

Regulations

1. A grave can only be allocated on the occasion of a death. Graves will be opened in a consecutive pattern dependent on condition and weather.

2. A grave may only be allocated by the Parish Priest or his nominees. It will be a single plot (8 feet six inches approx. x 4 feet)

3. Only one person will be registered as the custodian of the family grave. Each family should nominate a person (normally next of kin) to be responsible for the grave.

4. Permission must be granted by the named custodian of the grave and by the Parish Priest or his nominees before a grave shall be reopened.

5. Human remains shall not be removed from a grave unless ordered by legal requirement.

6. Before erecting a headstone in the cemetery, a drawing and script of the proposed memorial must be submitted to the Parish Priest or his nominees, c/o Parish office, Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. This also applies to subsequent additions or alterations to the headstone. The parish cannot accept liability for damage caused to graves or headstones.

7. All monumental sculptors (having been commissioned by the family member named in section 3) must contact the Parish Priest or his nominees before commencing any work to ensure the proper placing of headstones. These should be erected back to back and should be no more than 4 feet high and 3 feet 9 inches wide.

8. The erection or placing of pillars, railings, hoops or other structures, movable or immovable, on graves, for the purpose of enclosing them, is strictly prohibited and if erected will be removed at the family's expense.

9. To facilitate grave maintenance, no tree shrub or flowers may be planted; nor should any additional grave furniture be placed on the grave, and no false surfaces are to cover the grave. The headstone should be the sole monument. Bouquets and wreaths placed on the grave should be removed when faded, withered, broken or discoloured. (If this is not adhered to the grass may not be cut)

10. Only gravediggers approved of by the parish with adequate public liability insurance will be allowed to dig graves in the graveyard.

The purpose of these regulations is not to restrict the freedom of the users but rather to ensure that our Parish cemetery will be a testimony to our faith in the Resurrection and our reverence and respect for the dead.

These regulations will be effective from January 2019. The Parish reserves the right to vary these regulations at any time in the future whether by deletion, addition, or modification.

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Recently Ballycastle Graveyard records have gone online, and can be accessed by going to www.discovereverafter.comand by logging in with a username and password. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the records are accurate, if a mistake has been made please contact Fergal in the sacristy to rectify the error. The records have been taken mainly, but not entirely, from the headstones, and as some of the headstones only have a family name on them, the records may be incomplete, so if anyone can verify who was buried there, please do so.

Furthermore, as a result of regulatory changes arising from legislation in respect of the environment, an onerous financial burden has been added to the costs associated with the maintenance and management of the graveyards. Charges for the ongoing upkeep of the facilities have been escalating over recent years and very regrettably the parish is no longer in a position to fund all these incremental operating costs. In addition development work needs to be undertaken to deliver additional capacity. Therefore with effect from January 2019 a levy of £500 will be made on each burial undertaken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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