Leigue graveyard, located just off the Killala road in Ballina is one of the country’s largest cemeteries, located on a 15 acre site.
The maintenance and up keep of the graveyard, which is owned and the responsibility of Mayo county council, has over the years become very dependent on a group of volunteers, “Friends of Leigue Cemetery”.
Friends of Leigue Cemetery are one of many voluntary groups across the county that depend on GMA funds annually, that’s monies set aside by Councillors for local voluntary groups. This year the paying out of that money in Mayo is on hold, as the CEO OF Mayo County Council Peter Hynes, has explained that there is in excess of a 400,000 euro shortfall on the revenue that was earmarked to be collected through car parking charges in the 2018 budget agreed by Councillors.
Friends of Leigue Cemetery are due €20,000 this year under the GMA fund, but to date have not seen any money.
The delay in the funding means the cemetery that had been well maintained is again facing wilderness, as briars and high grass begin to take over once again.