Blessing of the Graves at Derry’s City Cemetery this weekend

The Annual Intercession of the Dead in the City Cemetery will take place this Sunday, June 26, at 6pm and the Council has issued traffic advice for thousands expected to attend.

By Brendan McDaid
Friday, 24th June 2022, 3:11 pm

Grainne Murray, Cemeteries Administrator at Council, has confirmed that only vehicles displaying a valid disabled badge will have access to the cemetery and urged the public to adhere to a one way system in place inside the grounds.

“This is the first blessing of the graves in three years following the Covid pandemic so we are expecting larger crowds than usual,” she said.

“We would encourage those thinking of attending to arrive at least an hour before the start of the service, to follow the signs and adhere to the advice of stewards.

Derry City Cemetery.

“We will make every effort to allow traffic to flow freely on the day and we would encourage the public to be patient and allow extra time on the day to get to the intercession.”

Generally, cemetery opening times across Derry & Strabane are from 8am to 8pm during the summer period (April 1 to October 31).

During the winter period cemeteries are open from 8am to 4:30pm (November 1 to March 31).

The full list of cemeteries that are open in the city is as follows: City Cemetery, Lone Moor Road; Alla Claudy, Claudy; Ballyoan, Rossdowney Road; and Altnagelvin, Church Brae,

Derry’s City Cemetery nearing capacity. DER2017GS026