St. Colmcille’s Cemetery Kells

St. Colmcille’s Cemetery, Navan Rd, Kells (formerly known as the New Cemetery) was consecrated by Most Rev. Laurence Gaughran, Bishop of Meath, on 19 June 1910. The Homily was delivered by Most Rev. Dr. Clancy, Bishop of Elphin. Fr. Michael Dooley was Parish Priest of Kells at the time.     2010 – Centenary of Cemetery.

Cemetery Navan Rd 1909 Photo

The above classic photo shows Cemetery before graves were introduced in c. 1909


At this time the Cemetery was divided into 4 large Sections (EFGH) and 4 smaller Sections (ABCD).

In 1995 the Cemetery was extended into a rear field, whch was donated by the Butler Family, Farrell St, Kells.

2 large Sections (JK) and 2 smaller Sections (LM) were added.

Apart from Section F, Plots are only now available in the newer Sections. The Cemetery Committee estimate that new plots will be available in these Sections until 2118.

Locals and visitors agree that our present Cemetery is maintained and equipped to the highest standard. The Committee employ a caretaker full time throughout the year. The local Community Employment Scheme also allow a worker for two and a half days per week. The Committee also pay the cost of a permanent Skip and Bin in the Cemetery.

Water is provided from a tap on the path adjoining the stream.

We have two sources of revenue – Plot Sales and the Cemetery Draw.

No other finance is received from any source.

The Cemetery Draw is held every May – 1 Draw only with subscription of €15 per line. There are only 10 names on each card. We always need new promoters to come forward and take a card. Profit from the Draw makes up 90% of total income.

In order to allow Wheelchair Access and Pram and Buggy Access, the Cemetery Committee, following consultation with the general public, has decided to develop the remaining Sections as a ‘Lawn Cemetery’.

Kerbing and all forms of surrounds on graves are forbidden in the Lawn Section. The planting of trees, shrubs or the placing of decorations on the graves is also not possible under the conditions of use.

The Disabled, the Infirm, the Elderly and people with prams and buggies will now have access to all graves in this section K.

The expense of not having to install kerbing will also be most welcomed by bereaved families and make the Cemetery more easily maintained in the future.



  1. Payment must be settled on selection.
  2. No headstone can exceed 5 feet in height and 3 feet in breadth. No surround other than kerbing to a maximun height of 5 inches is allowed. No statues or other decorations are allowed on the grave or on the kerbing or surrounds.
    Plans for headstones or monuments or embellishments must be presented and approved by the Cemetery Committee before groundwork / preparation for the headstone / monument / kerbing commences on the grave.
  3. On gravedigging, only owners of mechanical diggers who have produced proof on adequate insurance cover at the Parish Office may enter the Cemetery.  Any other owner, driver, or user of a mechanical digger is trespassing in the Cemetery and may be prosecuted.
  4. Any monument erected or any work carried out on a monument may only be done by people who have produced certificate of appropriate insurance at the Parish Office.
  5. At all times, the Cemetery Committee reserve the right to dismantle any construction which they deem to be out of keeping with the ambience and appearance of the Cemetery.
  6. In Non Lawn areas of the Cemetery, no surround other than kerbing to a height of five inches is allowed.
  7. In Lawn Areas of the Cemetery all surrounds and kerbing are forbidden. Decorations and statues on the graves are also not possible.
  8. Planting of Trees or Shrubs is not allowed on graves as intrusive roots cause major problems with future opening of graves and adjacent graves.

New plots will not be allocated until the potential plotholder has signed a form agreeing to abide by these conditions of use.

Plots purchased cannot be transferred to other persons.



  • 1 plot €400(3ft by 9ft)
  • 2 plots €800 (6ft by 9ft)
  • 3 Plots €1400 (9ft by 9ft)

Since space is limited parishioners are recommended to conserve space to their future needs as much as possible.

The Cemetery Committee regret that due to space depletion and a rapidly expanding parish, we cannot provide plots to non parishioners of the Parish of Kells.

When erecting any headstone and/or kerbing on your grave you must adhere to the measurements indicated above: if you do not, you are using space allocated to another grave and you will be obliged to dismantle the construction.


If you have any problem with your grave, feel most welcome to contact our Caretaker Mr. Gerry McGovern ( 086 3589454 ) or any member of the Cemetery Committee.

The Committee members are James Newman, Shelia Yore, Betty McDonnell, Barney Rourke, Sean Newman, Gerry McGovern, Seamus Grimes, Fr John Byrne

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