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.
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
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
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.
23 December 2012: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group received €612 from the Cornafulla School Reunion Group and wish to thank them for their generous donation.
16 December 2012: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group would like to acknowledge all of those who have sent back their annual cemetery maintenance donation envelope. Anyone else who wishes to make a donation can do so by returning their envelope to Drum Parish Office.
28 October 2012: Envelopes will be distributed during the month of November for the maintenance of the graveyard. Your support for this Annual Collection will be greatly appreciated.
2 September 2012: Mass for the Deceased of the Parish will be held in Drum Cemetery on Sunday 9th September 2012 (weather permitting)
1 July 2012: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group would like to acknowledge all the work the families have put into the upkeep of their graves this year. It is a credit to them and the committee appreciated the effort involved.
10 June 2012: A Corpus Christi Procession will be held in Drum next Sunday 10th June to mark the International Eucharistic Congress being held in Ireland this year. The procession will commence after the 10am Mass from the church down to the reflection area in the cemetery and back up to the church for benediction. All are welcome.
4 March 2012: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group was awarded Second Prize in the Tidy Cemeteries Competition for 2011. Roscommon County Council would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the committee members and the local community. Congratulations to everyone involved.
19 February 2012: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 22nd February at 8.30pm in Drum Parish Hall. New members welcome.23 October 2011: Drum Cemetery Volunteer Group would like to thank everyone for attending the launch on Saturday 8th October. A most enjoyable afternoon was held. The Reflection area is officially opened and the database of the middle graveyard is available on www.drum.ie. We would like to thank everyone involved for making the day a success.
9 October 2011: The new Reflection Area in Drum Cemetery was officially blessed by Fr. Ray Milton, former CC Drum now PP Knockcroghery, during a special mass held in the cemetery on Saturday 8th October at 2pm. The reflection area was developed by Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group, who have been working to maintain and improve the cemetery on a voluntary basis since February 2010. The mass and blessing were followed by refreshments in Drum Parish Hall, where Canon Liam Devine, PP St. Peter & Paul's Parish, officially launched the Drum.ie website and an online database record of the graves in Drum middle graveyard. The database has been developed by members of the group and they hope to expand the database next year to include Drum new graveyard.
25 September 2011: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group would like to invite everyone to the official blessing of the New Reflection Area in Drum Cemetery on Saturday 8th October. Commencing with Mass at 2pm celebrated by Fr. Ray Milton, followed by the presentation of a new online database record of the graves in the middle graveyard. Refreshments afterwards in Drum Parish Hall.
7 August 2011: Many thanks to all those who have returned their collection envelopes to date. If you have not already done so, please return your envelope to Drum Parish Office.
26 June 2011: Newsletter with update on the continuing work in the cemetery and envelopes for the annual collection will be distributed over the coming weeks in the Drum Parish and surrounding areas. Thanks for your continued support. More details on www.drum.ie/cemetery
17 April 2011: There will be no work done in the cemetery on Holy Saturday, 23rd April. Sincere thanks to all who have participated and contributed to date. Please remember to remove all rubbish from the graveyard.
3 April 2011: Work in the cemetery has recommenced. Volunteers welcome to join in the work on Saturdays at 10am for the coming weeks.
13 February 2011: Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday 16th February at 8pm in Drum Parish Hall. New members welcome.
30 December 2010: A total of €918.20 was raised on St. Stephen's Day at Clann na nGael's annual married v singles match in Johnstown, and the money raised this year goes to Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group. Thank you to all involved.
22 December 2010: Clann na nGael will play their annual married v singles match in Johnstown at 1pm on St. Stephen's Day, Sunday 26th December. This year the funds raised will go to Drum Cemetery Voluntary Group. All are welcome to play.
7 November 2010: Phase 2 has now been completed. The group is most grateful for all the support and would like to thank all those who helped out in any way. Work in the cemetery will recommence in spring.
31 October 2010: The Group would like to thank the South Roscommon Music Festival committee and all who supported the event for their very generous cheque towards the cemetery fund. The committee are very greatful for the support.
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)
17 October 2010: Phase 2 of the work in the Cemetery has started. The Group would welcome volunteers to join them on Saturdays at 10am for the coming weeks.
9 May 2010: Phase one of the work has now been completed. Phase two to commence in September. Many thanks to all those who gave of their time and to all who responded to the voluntary contribution. The group are still seeking help to identify unmarked graves. If you can help, please contact 085-7139736.
28 March 2010: There will be no work done in the cemetery on Holy Saturday, 3rd April. Work will continue on Saturday, 10th April. Sincere thanks to all who have participated and contributed to date.
14 March 2010: Sincere thanks to all who have supported the efforts to date by volunteering to work in the cemetery. Volunteers welcome as the work continues for the coming Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Thanks also to all who supported the voluntary contribution. Envelopes can be returned to Drum Church.
21 February 2010: You may have noticed the tremendous work that has been carried out by our newly formed Voluntary Group in our local graveyard. There has been a notable improvement already. Well done to all concerned and keep up the great work. Thanks also to our two Leader workers for their continued hard work at Drum Cemetery. Over the coming weeks, they will be asking for your help by way of a voluntary contribution to cover the costs involved and to help us continue with this worthwhile project. Envelopes will be distributed to all houses in the parish and we would ask you for your support. Envelopes also available at back of Church or contact the Drum Parish Office at 090-6437125.
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 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
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.
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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