All Derry City and Strabane District Council owned cemeteries are open and operational from 8am to 7pm.
The public are reminded that while the cemeteries are open, the public 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 genealogy or headstone permits can be made by telephone at 028 71 362615 or email.
The latest guidance for undertakers regarding social distancing and funerals can be found here.
CONSULTATION ON MANAGEMENT OF CEMETERIES
We want to hear your views on the future management of burials and cemeteries by Council to ensure that they are safe places to work and visit. Council is committed to ensuring that all who visit or use these facilities are treated with dignity and respect and in an environment maintained to a standard appropriate for the purpose of burials.
As the burial authority in control of cemeteries in Derry City and Strabane District we have developed this booklet to:
- Help you arrange a burial in a Council cemetery
- Provide you with information on the restrictions and conditions that apply to purchasing exclusive rights of burial
- Make sure we provide you with a high level of service
- Make you are aware of your rights and responsibilities in relation to our cemetery
Give us your feedback by completing the ONLINE SURVEY
CLOSURE OF SOME OLD CEMETERIES
Updated 23rd July 2021
Areas of some old cemeteries in the District have been cordoned off by Council for health and safety reasons. Donaghedy Cemetery is completely closed with signage being erected and areas closed off around unstable structures at other ancient cemetery sites.
Council will be undertaking work to make these structures safe and will reopen as soon as this is complete.
All active cemeteries used for burials remain open.
CITY CEMETERY EXTENSION AT KILDRUM GARDENS
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.
If youwould 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.
CEMETERY OFFICE INFORMATION
Contact office T: 02871 362615 (Derry) T: 02871253253 (Strabane) 9am - 5pmMonday to Friday
Supervisor Paul Coyle E: [email protected] T: 07736213149
Team Leader Martin Parkes E: [email protected] T: 07759364930
Administrator Grainne Murray E: [email protected] T: 0773 6213165
Administrator Dawn Hamilton Email - [email protected] T: 0790 2174488
📍Cemetery opening hours are from 8am to 7pm during the summer and 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.
ℹ 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.