Parish Policies

Child Protection

Safeguarding Trust

The Dean, select vestry and parish leaders are committed to uphold good practice in the parish’s ministry with children and young people.

Should you have a concern, suspicion or allegation regarding child welfare in the area of ministry to children in this parish please report directly to an appropriate person* and contact a member of the parish panel, listed below, who may also report directly to an appropriate person if the matter is within the panel’s remit.

*appropriate person means an appropriate person as defined in the Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 – a designated officer of the HSE (normally the duty social worker) or a member of An Garda Síochána.

The duty social worker or the child care manager in the HSE Child and Family Services area are designated officers. The members of the parish panel are:

The Dean

Mr. Henry Collins

Ms Hazel Daniels

The duty social worker or child care manager may be contacted at the local HSE Child and Family Services offices (local health office).

Child and Family Agency,
Social Work Service,
Waterford Community Services,
Cork Rd,

Tel 051 842827 Office Hours

Graveyard Management

Christ Church Tramore,

St. Andrew’s Dunmore East,

St John the Baptist St Annestown


In order to assist the Waterford Union Select Vestry in maintenance of the Graveyards and Church grounds the following rules apply: 

  1. The Vestry will arrange general maintenance and grass cutting.
  2. Maintenance of individual grave plots is the responsibility of the family and relatives of the interred.
  3. Individual graveyards have specific rules in relation to whether kerbs are permitted or not.
  4. Where there are no kerbs, flowers are to be placed only on the plinth or immediately beside the headstone in order to facilitate ease of maintenance.
  5. All designs and sizes for head stones, plinths, kerbs and any other grave ornamentation is to be approved in writing by the Rector or Dean (as appropriate) and Church warden before ordering or installation. If permission is not sought then unapproved ornamentation may be removed by the Parish.
  6. Three months after a burial the grave is to be topped up, levelled and grass seed sown. This can be organised through the undertaker.
  7. Following the sowing of grass seed all plastic flower arrangements are to be removed and should not be reinstated.
  8. Maintenance and upkeep of the graveyard is an ongoing cost to the Waterford Union Select Vestry and relatives are asked to consider making an annual donation or standing order to the relevant Parish. Details may be had from the Treasurer.
  9. At all times the graveyard is to be kept clean and tidy and old flower arrangements, wreaths etc are to be removed. Writing on the headstones must remain legible where possible.
  10. No personal rubbish, cigarette butts or empty flower pots are to be left in the graveyard for disposal.
  11. The Graveyard is to be a place of peace and meditation; adherence to an appropriate code of conduct is expected at all times.


Parochial Charges


No charge


Parishioner: Free to donate (between €150 and €250+)

Other: €400 / Cathedral €1000


(Fees approved by diocesan council March 2014)


  • Parishioner:

Open €500;

Reopen €300

  • Person ceased to reside for more than 5 years ;

Open €700;

Reopen €400

All other cases of Christian Burial Open €2,000; Reopen / €1,000

Cremated Remains

  • Parishioner

Open €225;

Reopen €175

  • Person ceased to reside for more than 5 years

Open €350;

Reopen €225

All other cases of Christian burial €1,000

Parishioner is a regular attendee at services and/or contributes to church funds on a regular basis. In case of doubt final decision rests with the Dean and the churchwardens.

In the event of a funeral occurring in the cathedral and a coffin is resting in the side chapel, respect for this space must be preserved.