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Car Parking for Blessing of the Graves is now full

  • Please note there will be alternative parking available at Celtic Park, St. Cecelia's Secondary School, and St. Mary's Chapel

  • We advise leaving flowers/tributes in advance of the event on Sunday 30th June

  • There will be no vehicular access to the cemetery in the morning. Gates open to those Blue Badge holders with bookings at 1pm and close at 2:30pm.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Cemetery Guidance & Regulations

Council is committed to ensuring that all who visit or use cemetery facilities are treated with dignity and respect and in an environment maintained to a standard appropriate for the purpose of burial. Guidance and regulations relating to burials and cemeteries under the management of Derry City & Strabane District Council (DCSDC) is available to read here.



Coronavirus still remains a risk and we ask that you remain careful and follow the recommended public health guidance. If you feel unwell, you should consider if it is safe to attend the gathering. 

Further advice on COVID 19 and how to prevent the spread here.


Opening times

Summer Opening Times: From 29th March to 31st October all Council owned cemeteries will be open from 8am - 8pm.

Winter opening hours commence on 1st November from 8am - 4:30pm.

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.

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.



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.



Derry City and Strabane District Council are extending burial capacity within the Derry City area by extending 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 scheme?

The scheme will allow Council to increase the capacity of the existing City Cemetery by circa 1,000 plots. 

If you would like further information 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 (Derry) T: 02871253253 (Strabane) 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday E: [email protected]

Supervisor Paul Coyle E: [email protected] T: 07736213149

Team Leader Martin Parke E: [email protected] T: 07759364930

Administrator Grainne Murray E: [email protected] T: 0773 6213165

Administrator Dawn Hamilton E: [email protected] T: 02871362615

Administrator Lisa Moran E: [email protected] 

📍Cemetery opening hours are from 8am to 8pm during the summer and 8am - 4:30pm during winter. 

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