There’s a fine row brewing in Cork. The County Council has forbidden the public to dig graves themselves, something they have been doing since the dawn of time.
Yes, it’s a health and safety thing. From now on graves may only be dug by those who have done the course. They must be equipped with approved equipment including ear defenders, mobile phones and underground cable detection tools. They must even have had the right jabs. It’s going to add around 500 euros to the cost of a funeral.
A local funeral director points out that “We have lots of old customs and old traditions and it is going to be very difficult to stop people doing what they always did.”
Yes indeed. The people of Myross have already struck back. They have posted a notice at their cemetery which reads:
In Myross, we dig for our own,
we shoulder our own
and we inter our own.
Our traditions and customs.
Your respect required.
Isn’t that great?
Whole story here.