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 & New Graveyards. The database is now complete and contains details and photographs of all graves in Drum Middle & New Cemetery. This service enables people living outside the area to visit the graves of their loved ones from anywhere in the world. View the database here.
A list of all those who have been buried in Drum Cemetery since January 2010.
Please note we do not publish funeral notices or obituaries on this site - please visit RIP.ie if you wish to find details of funeral arrangements.
A Reflection Area has been constructed in the cemetery. It contains 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. A footpath leads to the cross base and seating is available in this peaceful place to reflect. Itis a pleasant and unique feature to Drum cemetery.
The Reflection Area was blessed on Saturday 8th October 2011 by Fr. Ray Milton (former CC Drum now PP Knockcroghery) and Canon Liam Device (PP Ss. Peter & Paul's Parish).
Cemetery Mass is celebrated at the Reflection Area each September.
All of the work is carried out by volunteers free of charge. Any contribution towards the costs of maintaining Drum graveyard is very welcome and much appreciated. Donation envelopes are distributed throughout the parish each November in order to cover these costs. Donations can also be made to Drum Parish Office or by contacting any member of the committee (listed below).
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 are distributed throughout the parish each November in order to cover these costs. There was a very generous response to the first collection, held in February/March 2010, and the funds raised allowed work to continue into the second and third phase. Phase Three involved significant expenditure (see below) and it was decided to distribute donation envelopes again in July 2011. Once again there was a generous response to the collection, and the third phase of work was completed in September 2011. The fourth phase, consisting of the construction of a storage shed, commenced in summer 2012 and was completed early in 2013. There are also ongoing costs associated with the general upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery, and these costs are covered by the donations made during the annual collection and from donations received throughout the year.
Thank you for your support.
Congratulations to Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group who were awarded first place for best kept graveyard by Roscommon County Council in November 2013. The award is well deserved and recognises the great work that is carried out by the group along with the support of the community. Envelopes for a collection towards the upkeep of the cemetery have been distributed to all homes in the parish and anyone wishing to contribute to the collection is asked to return the envelope to the church or parish office.
Gerry Lennon, Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group, and Councillor John Naughten, Roscommon County Council
Members of Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group pictured with members of Roscommon County Council at the presentation of the Best Kept Cemetery award in November 2013
Maura Hynes and PJ McEvilly of Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group
Tracking progress from the start of the project in February 2010.
15 December 2013: Sincere thanks to the people of the parish for their generous support for the upkeep of the graveyard and particularly during their recent collection. The group wishes to acknowledge two very generous donations they received during this collection. These monies will help continue the good work that is being done by the committee and members of the group.
24th November 2013: Congratulations to Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group who were awarded first place for best kept graveyard by Roscommon County Council. The award is well deserved and recognises the great work that is carried out by the group along with the support of the community. Envelopes for a collection towards the upkeep of the cemetery have been distributed to all homes in the parish and anyone wishing to contribute to the collection is asked to return the envelope to the church or parish office.
15 September 2013: Thank you to all who attended the Mass in Drum Cemetery last Sunday. Special thanks to all those who helped with the preparations and participated in the ceremony, including members of Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group, choir, readers, eucharistic ministers, collectors, and all who helped in any way.
1 September 2013: Mass for the Deceased of the Parish will be held in Drum Cemetery on Sunday 8th September 2013 (weather permitting)
25 August 2013: It has come to the attention of Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group that items have been taken from the graveyard. We are asking people to be vigilant and contact any member of the group.
26 May 2013: A Corpus Christi Procession will be held in Drum next Sunday 2nd June, commencing after the 10am Mass from the church down to the reflection area in the cemetery and back up to the church for benediction (weather permitting).
17 February 2013: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th February at 9pm in Drum Parish Hall (please note change on time). The group would like to acknowledge the amount of €800 in lieu of flowers for cemetery maintenance to the memory of the late Willie Kelly, Clonbulia.
Pictured are members of Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group accepting a cheque for €6,711 from South Roscommon Music Festival. Back row: Seamus McCormack, John Naughton, Jimmy Kennedy, Oliver Hardiman, Tommie Joe Seery, Gerry Lennon, Thomas O'Brien. Front row L-R: Teresa Kelly, Maura Hynes, P.J. McEvilly, P.J. O'Brien (on behalf of South Roscommon Music Festival), Fidelma Lennon. (October 2010)
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 and was completed in September 2011. The fourth phase consisted of the construction of a storage shed, which commenced in summer 2012 and was completed early in 2013. General upkeep and maintenance work is continuing on an ongoing basis.
The fourth phase consisted of the construction of a storage shed, which commenced in summer 2012 and was completed early in 2013.
Storage shed constructed at Drum Cemetery
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.