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Cemetery Services

All Derry City and Strabane District Council owned cemeteries are open from 8am to 4.30pm during the winter period. 

The public are reminded that they must continue to adhere to the guidelines regarding social distancing and co-operate fully with Council staff at all times. It is important to note that when funerals are taking place, some areas within the cemeteries will be cordoned off to ensure health and safety measures are in place and to allow mourners the space and privacy to grieve and pay their respects in a safe and controlled environment. 

The public are also advised that as a result of the current pandemic these arrangements are subject to change and there will be instances where the facilities may have to close at short notice to comply with COVID 19 regulations. The cemetery offices will remain closed with no public access however all enquiries or queries regarding geneaology or headstone permits can be made by telephone at 028 71 362615 or email. Offices serving local cemeteries will remain closed to the public. Any queries can be directed via phone or email to the contacts below.

A number of restrictions are in place to safeguard both staff and the public and to reduce the risk of COVID19. Undertakers are advised to contact the relevant Cemetery office in advance of funerals to make arrangements.

The latest guidance for undertakers regarding social distancing and funerals can be found here.

City Cemetery Extension at Kildrum Gardens

Online Public Information Session

7pm 13 January 2021

Derry City and Strabane District Council are looking at a number of options to extend burial capacity within the Derry City area; one of the options being taken forward by Council is to extend the existing City Cemetery onto the wooded lands at Southway, south of Kildrum Gardens.

The proposed scheme is seen as critical to extending the short term burial capacity within the City Cemetery and will also help facilitate Council with the transition from the existing City Cemetery to a new strategic greenfield cemetery facility elsewhere within the Council area.

What is the proposed scheme?

The proposal will allow Council to increase the capacity of the existing City Cemetery by circa 1,000 plots, which will increase the lifespan of the existing site for new openings by approximately 5 years. As well as this, Council intend to purchase a large proportion of the remaining Woodland Trust site at Southway and develop a Biodiversity Management Plan which will enhance the existing wildlife, flora and fauna within the area.

The current estimated costs of the works is £1.4 million.

Our plans include:

  • New circa 1,000 plot site
  • Compensatory planting to encourage use of site by Red Squirrels
  • New access road to the existing cemetery from Southway
  • Biodiversity Management Plan for the existing Woodland Trust Site.
  • Benches and seating areas.

Have your say online

Derry City and Strabane District Council would like to hear the views or local residents on the proposals and want to give as much detail as possible on the proposed works prior to submission of a planning application.

They are invited to attend a Zoom Information Session, to receive an update on the evolving design and to discuss the proposed scheme that will be submitted for planning approval.

Zoom Information Session: 7pm on 13th January 2021

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 9201 7821
Passcode: 174908

If you are unable to attend this session and would like further information on the proposals please email: [email protected]

Or write to: Derry City & Strabane District Council, Environment & Regeneration Directorate, Capital Development & Project Management, 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN.




Contact office T: 02871 362615  Monday to Friday
Shaun Boyd      E: [email protected]  T: 0771 3068547
Grainne Murray  E: [email protected] T: 0773 6213165
Dawn Hamilton    Email - [email protected]  T: 0790 2174488


Noel Dunn E: [email protected]  T: 07860592812 / 07855546662      
Jonathan Dolan E: [email protected]  T: 07964518767                      
Bernie Gormley E: [email protected] T: 02871 253 253, Ext 4274  ​


📍Cemetery opening hours are 8am - 4:30pm during winter. 
🙏 People must continue to observe social distancing measures with other visitors and staff. 
 Cemetery Offices will remain closed but queries can be made by telephone, email or appointment only. 
Some areas within the cemeteries may be cordoned off during funerals for health and safety reasons allowing mourners space and privacy to grieve in a safe controlled environment.