REPAIRS to a dangerous wall that could topple headstones at Timahoe cemetery will go ahead late this year or early in 2020.
The graveyard’s perimeter wall, which has been examined by Laois Co Council, is in such dangerous condition that it is causing concern for visitors’ safety.
At the latest Graiguecullen-Portarlington municipal district meeting, cllr Paschal McEvoy said: “I am terrified of the danger of that wall. If it falls, it will do untold damage and could overturn headstones there. This is going on a year-and-a-half now and it’s time it was done.”
Environment officer Ann Carroll said that an improvement project to repair the damaged wall and railings at Timahoe cemetery is currently at tender stage. She said it is envisaged that the work will be carried out in the last quarter (September-December) of this year or during the first three months of 2020.
The news came in response to a question from cllr McEvoy, who has repeatedly highlighted the need for urgent repairs at the cemetery. The Stradbally councillor appealed for safety works more than a year ago, in April 2018 and again last November.
He warned: “It’s an old stone wall and it is definitely going to fall. If it is not looked after, it will cause thousands of euros worth of damage to headstones. It is in a very dangerous state and should be repaired as soon as possible.”
At the latest meeting, cllr McEvoy said that he was disappointed that the wall would be merely repaired rather than replaced, but, in any case, he stressed that the proposed works should start as soon as possible. He also asked area engineer Philip McVeigh to take a look at the cemetery wall himself so that he could appreciate the urgency of repairs.
Cllr McEvoy added: “This was to be done last July or August. Now we’re going into 2020 or the end of this year at the earliest. It’s very dangerous and the sooner it’s done, the better.”