Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group was formed in February 2010 with a view to carrying out the plan as presented below. A letter was distributed to every house in the parish, seeking voluntary help and contributions to enable the work to succeed. The group actively maintain and improve the cemetery on a voluntary basis, in cooperation with Roscommon County Council, and with ongoing support from Roscommon Leader Partnership.
One of the objectives for Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group (DCVG) for 2010/11 was to create an online database to record the graves in Drum Middle Graveyard. The database is now complete and contains details and photographs of all graves in Drum Middle Cemetery. This new service will enable people living outside the area to visit the graves of their loved ones from anywhere in the world.
The database will be officially launched on Saturday 8th October 2011. View the database here.
We also have a list of all those who have been buried in Drum Cemetery since January 2010. Note we do not publish funeral notices or obituaries on this site - please visit RIP.ie if you wish to find details of funeral arrangements.
The official blessing of the New Reflection Area in Drum Cemetery was held on Saturday 8th October 2011, commencing with Mass at 2pm celebrated by Fr. Ray Milton (former CC Drum now PP Knockcroghery) and Canon Liam Device (PP Ss. Peter & Paul's Parish). The mass was held in the Reflection Area, which was blessed at the end of the mass. This was followed by the presentation of the Drum.ie website in Drum Parish Hall. Canon Devine officially launched the site, which includes a new online database record of the graves in the middle graveyard. A large crowd gathered for the occassion which concluded with refreshments in Drum Parish Hall.
All of the work is carried out by volunteers free of charge. The costs incurred during the first phase of work included machine hire and the purchase of a lawnmower, strimmers, hand tools, sand and lawn seed. Donation envelopes were distributed throughout the parish in February/March 2010 in order to cover these costs. There was a very generous response to the collection and the funds raised allowed work to continue into the second and third phase. Phase Three involves significant expenditure (see below) and it was decided to distribute donation envelopes again in July 2011. Any contribution towards the costs of maintaining Drum graveyard is very welcome and much appreciated. Donations can be made to Drum Parish Office or by contacting any member of the committee (listed below). Thank you for your support.
Work commenced in February 2010 and continued through to May 2010. The second phase of work began in October and was completed in November 2010. The third phase commenced in February 2011.
Work is almost complete on the Reflection Area. Fr. Ray Milton will return to Drum to perform the official blessing on Saturday 8th October 2011, when the online database will also be launched officially. Thank you to all those who responded to our recent collection by returning the donation envelopes.
Letter sent July 2011:
We would like to to begin by thanking everyone who volunteered their time, gave donations or helped out in any way in phase two. We feel a lot of hard work was done and the graveyard is looking much improved. In phase three, which began in February 2011, our plans are as follows:
Finally and most important of all, a new Reflection Area is being constructed. This will contain a 12 foot wooden cross with a life size corpus of Our Lord on a concrete base, surrounded by a natural stone wall. Outside the reflection area, the site has to be back-filled and finished with top soil and re-seeded. Seating will be available in this area. A footpath will lead to the cross base. The area will be serviced by electricity. We hope this area will become a peaceful place to reflect and gather your thoughts. It will be a pleasant and unique feature to Drum graveyard.
As you are aware all of this work is carried out by volunteers free of charge. All materials purchased has to be paid for at considerable cost. We would appreciate any contribution towards the costs of maintaining Drum graveyard. Envelopes can be returned to any committee member listed below or to Drum Parish Office (090-6437125).
Focus on clearing trees in main cemetery (behind parish hall) and maintenance of all areas covered in first phase.
To improve the environment impact of the 3 areas concurrently in use, and maintain a high standard on the new section, which will come into use shortly.
In order to achieve the above objectives, many hours of voluntary will need to be offered to the project over the coming months.
Machines will be hired where necessary.
The following items are to be purchased: lawnmower, strimmers, hand tools, sand, lawn seed.
Considerable cost will be incurred in the first year.
The group would appreciate any contributions towards same.
Envelopes also available at back of Church or contact the Drum Parish Office at 090-6437125.
View previous updates here.
The pictures below show some of the highlights of what has been achieved after just a few weeks of great effort by the many volunteers involved. Click here to view more pictures.
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