Parish Policies

The Incumbent, 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 parish please contact a member of the Parish Panel, listed.

Dean Bruce                             086 232 7349
Ms Hazel Hemmingway        051 384670
Georgi McGeary                    086 171 2994
The Duty Social Worker or the Principal Social Worker may be contacted at:
Child and Family Agency, Social Work Service,
Waterford Community Services, Cork Rd, Waterford.
051 842827       9am – 5pm or in an emergency contact your local Garda Station​
Garda Síochána Vulnerable Persons Protection Unit
Waterford Garda Station, Patrick Street, Waterford
051 305374  /  051 305372   Email:

Data Privacy Notice

Waterford Union of Parishes
  1. Your personal data – what is it?
    Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Laois, R32 AP23


  2. Who are we?
    The Parish of WATERFORD UNION OF PARISHES  is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.


  3. How do we process your personal data?
    The Parish of WATERFORD UNION OF PARISHES  complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.


  4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
    Explicit consent of the data subjects that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about parish and diocesan events.
    Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement.
    Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided:
    The processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.


  5. Sharing your personal data
    Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.


  6. How long do we keep your personal data?
    We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out within Irish Data Protection Legislation, details of which can be found here and in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website here.
    Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.


  7. Further processing
    If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice. The new notice will explain the new use of your personal data prior to commencing the processing. It will set out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.


  8. Contact Details
    To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the dean at / 051 874419

    You can contact the Data Protection Commissioner (Ireland) on +353 (0761) 104 800; via email or by writing to: The Data Protection Commissioner, Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois, R32 AP23

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.