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€3m crematorium and graveyard plan at beauty spot site

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A new €3.5m crematorium and graveyard is being proposed for a scenic 10-acre site in Kilternan.

Park Developments is seeking permission for a 1,700-space traditional graveyard, three metre-high crematorium walls to store ashes and a two-storey scheme that would include a chapel with seating for 150 people, two prayer rooms and a "committal'' room with two cremators.

The crematorium would be the first of its kind in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

Cllr Lettie McCarthy said traffic management proposals would need to be examined along with any environmental issues that may arise.

"Kilternan has managed to stay pretty much as it was. This plan has only just been submitted and I will be meeting with residents and looking at the plans and proposals."

However, Cllr McCarthy said the plans appear to be sensitive to the scenic site and to the biodiversity around it.

"It's a very scenic area. The lead mines are a very well-known landmark and it's within view of that area, and it certainly seems that a lot of work has gone into the preparations for the plan."

A spokesperson for Park Developments said over 400 indigenous trees and plants would be laid down in the "landscape-led" graveyard.


Cllr McCarthy said: "It's going to be different than the graveyards that we see around.

"It'll have low-sized plaques instead of the big headstones, and there will be areas of seating for people who want to meditate and think of their relatives. It's the sort of place I'd like to be buried."

A decision will be made by August 29.

Meanwhile, Fingal County Council has refused a planning application for a new burial ground and crematorium beside St Doolagh's Nursing Home in Balgriffin.

Tommy Broughan TD said the application was "extremely crass, insensitive and outrageous".

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