‘Stop the corpses rolling into my garden’: Desperate man’s plea as bodies from cemetery fall into his land

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June 23, 2017, 6:23 am

Frank Taaffe was left horrified after a crumbling boundary wall that separates his garden from a graveyard sent human remains tumbling into his back yard

A shocked homeowner has called on his local council to stop corpses rolling into his garden after finding a skull and bones outside his property.

Frank Taaffe wants the local authority to help rebuild the wall that separates his back garden from the graveyard in County Meath, Ireland.

The gap in the boundary wall means human remains – including part of a skull – are falling into his garden, the Irish Mirror reports.

Mr Taaffe said the he has seen bones, including part of a skull, lying out in the open and fears it is only a matter of time before he sees more gruesome sights.

The 63-year-old said: “The graves will be moving and so we could see more bones and that is the last thing we want.

 

“So far I’ve just covered the ones we’ve found. You want show them respect in their resting place so I wouldn’t move them myself.

“I’ve had the families of people buried here get in touch and ask if we can do anything about it, but council haven’t done anything.

“An archaeologist came out to see the wall in March but since then I’ve got more answers from talking to the steering wheel of my car.”

Mr Taaffe said problems with the wall started two decades ago when rain caused a section of the it to collapse.

But now he is concerned another wet winter could see entire graves tipping into his garden – where his granddaughter, nieces and nephews play.

He added: “It is still a cemetery in use, and it’s a worry because it isn’t a pleasant thing to see you know.

“The last person buried there was in 2015, so it is still a working cemetery.”

But it isn’t just the dignity of the departed which worries Mr Taaffe.

Another section of the wall has started to tip over and he now fears for the safety of his granddaughter.

He said: “It looks like it could fall down at any time and it could collapse on top of you.

“That is something that plays on your mind when you’ve got children in a garden.

“You would never forgive yourself if something like that happened.”

Local councillor Paddy Meade claimed it would not take long to repair the wall if Meath Country Council gave the OK.

He added: “If something isn’t done now the rest of the wall will gradually crumble and fall. But with two men it could be fixed in just a few weeks.

“It’s bad and it shouldn’t be something Mr Taaffe has to deal with., I’ve asked the council many times but nothing’s happened. Something needs to be done.”

The Mirror has approached Meath County Council for comment.