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Killea Parish Graveyard, Carrigans, County Donegal, Ireland Interments 1863-1946

Extracted from the Press
Extracted from the Londonderry Sentinel, Londonderry Standard and Derry Journal
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


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Killea Parish Graveyard, St. Fiach’s Church of Ireland, Carrigans, Co. Donegal
Date Burial
Aug 5 1863 STEELE. On Tuesday, August 4, Mr. James Steele, of Altaghaderry, aged 64 years. During the last 30 years, he had been a ruling elder with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Derry, and, by his uprightness and Christian consistency, he did essential service to the interests of religion, both in the Church to which he belonged, and amongst the community in general. His remains will be conveyed to the graveyard of Killea, on Friday next, the 7th instant, at ten o’clock precisely (Londonderry Standard)
Sep 5 1868 MILLS. On Thursday, September 3rd, at Ballyhaskey, Newtowncunningham, the residence of her nephew, the Rev. William Scott, Miss Elizabeth Mills, of Ballynacross House, aged 87 years. [Her remains will be removed for interment in the graveyard of Killea, on Monday, the 7th instant, at Eleven o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation] (Londonderry Standard)
Nov 24 1873 THOMPSON. At Carrickhugh, on November 22, Mr. William Thompson, stonecutter, Londonderry. [His remains will be removed for interment in Killea Graveyard to-day, (Monday), at nine o’clock a.m., crossing the bridge about one p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation] (Londonderry Journal)
Mar 1 1879 HUSTON. February 28, at her father’s residence, St. Columb’s-terrace, Derry, Mary Hunter, fifth daughter of James Houston, aged 3 years. [Her remains will be removed for interment in Killea Graveyard on Monday morning, 3rd inst., at half-past nine o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 15 1890 McMULLEN. April 15, at the Gas Works, Lecky-road, Londonderry, Janes, infant daughter of James and Mary McMullen, age 1 year and 9 months. Interment at 2.30 to-day (Tuesday), 15th inst., in the Killea Burying ground (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 6 1893


To-day the citizens of Derry will meet together to commit to the grave the remains of a gentleman who is believed to be the oldest inhabitant of Derry. Mr. Smith Osborne (of the firm of Messrs. Osborne and Patton, Shipquay-street), passed away on Friday morning at the advanced age of ninety-one, having been born in the month of July of the year 1806. He had seen three generations of citizens……….. Mr. Osborne was a native of Altaghaderry about four miles from the city, and probably went to school here………….He began his commercial life in the establishment of his brother, then a merchant of Derry and with the exception of two or three years spent in America, where his health did not permit him to settle, he has lived the rest of his long life in the city. On returning from America he entered into business with Mr. Robert Allan, his brother in law, then an extensive merchant in Derry. He retained in that partnership until the year 1845, when he established the well-known firm of Osborne and Patton, in Shipquay-street. For many years past the management of the extensive business was entrusted solely to Mr. Joseph Patton, the surviving partner, who is one of our most respected and popular merchants. Mr. Osborne was also a partner in Carrigans Mills, and had a large farm at Molenan, in the management of which took a great interest and which was made in every respect a model farm under his direction. Mr. Osborne never took any part in municipal or political affairs of the city, but nevertheless deeply interested in the progress of the city, and in the many social and political changes which have taken place during his long life. To within a short time of his death he was a daily visitor to the Newsroom in Shipquay-street, reading the latest news with some difficulty and commenting with keen interest on passing events. In social life Mr. Osborne was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends who had the pleasure of his acquaintance and enjoyed intercourse with him. He was twice married and leaves several children, including Dr. Osborne, of Milford. In religion, he was a Presbyterian, and as far as politics were declared, was a Liberal Unionist. He passed away, full of years and in the respect of his fellow citizens. The funeral takes place this Monday morning, when the remains will be interred in Killea burying ground. (Derry Journal)

August 7 1893

At a meeting of the Londonderry Board of Guardians……..


Mr. McIlwaine said he had a matter bring under the notice of the Guardians, namely the present condition of Killea Graveyard, which was in a disgraceful state. The complaint about it had been made to him as the Guardian for the district. He first thought that the Irish Society were responsible for keeping the graveyard in repair, but afterwards learned that the Board could take steps to put it in repair themselves.

In reply to Mr. Fleming, Mr. McIlwaine said that the caretaker paid no attention to the graveyard whatever.

Mr. Scott explained how the house had come into the man’s possession, and also suggested that their proper course was to wait upon the Irish Society and respectfully request them to put the Graveyard in Killea in repair, or else order the house be given up to the Guardians who were the responsible parties for its condition with the idea of having a man put into it who would keep it in a proper condition

Dr. Davis said that if the first part of the resolution was agreed to by the Irish Society they might not urge about the second part of it. Mr. O’Hanlon agreed with Dr. Davis. He did not think the Guardians should take upon themselves the expense of keeping the graveyard in order. In his opinion the Irish Society always dealt liberally with any reasonable proposals of their tenants or the citizens of Derry. He believed it would be quite sufficient to adopt the first part of the resolution only.

Subsequently it was agreed that a deputation of the Guardians wait upon the Society and ask them to put the graveyard in repair, or failing that to give up the house, so that the board might themselves take steps to have the Killea graveyard put in proper condition. The Board adjourned. (Derry Journal)

Oct 28 1895 GALLAGHER. October 25, at his residence 24, Charlotte-street, Londonderry, John Gallagher, aged 57 years. His remains will be removed for interment in Killea Burying-ground this (Monday) morning, 28th inst., at half past ten o’clock. Friends will please accept this the only intimation (Derry Journal)
Mar 1 1898 FUNERAL OF MR. MCMULLEN. Yesterday the remains of Mr. James McMullen were removed from his late residence at the Gas-works, Lecky-road, for interment in Killea Burying-ground. Although the weather was most inclement, there was a very large attendance of the citizens who testified to their respect and esteem of deceased by journeying all the way to the graveyard. In addition to a large concourse of pedestrians there were several carriages, including those of Mr. McNie, manager of the works; Mr. William Tillie, D.L., Mr. John Cooke, J.P., and others. Rev. James Cargin, M.A., conducted the burial service at the grave (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 20 1898 McGRATH. August 18, at Houston, Glasgow, Lizzie, dearly beloved wife of James McGrath, and daughter of the late James McAnaney, Newtownhamilton, Carrigans. – R.I.P. [Her remains will be removed for interment in Killea Graveyard on to-morrow (Sunday), 21st instant, at half-past two o’clock p.m. Friends will please accept this the only intimation] (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 23 1900 MCFADDEN. November 23, at his father’s residence, West End Park, Lone Moor, Derry, Patrick, third son of Bernard McFadden. R.I.P. Interment in Killea Graveyard on Sunday, the 25th instant, at half-past two o’clock p.m. Friends will please accept this the only intimation (Derry Journal)
Mar 21 1927

A LINK OF THE PAST. Passing of an Old St. Johnston man

There was interred in Killea Graveyard last Monday, William McGarvey, who was the first man married in St. Johnston Catholic Church, which was erected in 1857. He was presented with a gold ring as a momento of the occasion by Father Stephens, who erected the church. He lived to see seven P.P.’s in St. Johnston – Father Stephens, Father Friel, Father Martin, Canon Sweeney, Canon Doherty, Canon Slevin and the present Father McGinley (Derry Journal)

Mar 19 1929 CURRAN. March 17, 1929, at his father’s residence, Kildrum, William James, youngest son of Andrew and Annie Curran, aged 18 years. R.I.P. Funeral to Killea Graveyard this (Tuesday) afternoon, 19th inst., at three o’clock. Friends will please accept this the only intimation. American papers please copy. “Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul” (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 26 1943


THOMPSON. – In memory of my grandmother (nee McCay), interred in the Family Vault, Killea. Aunt interred Graveyard, Killea, County Derry. Uncle interred Buncrana Graveyard, County Donegal. Remembered by William Scott McBride, Londonderry (Londonderry Sentinel)

Sep 25 1946 There were sixty-two applications for reservations in Killea graveyard, which is near the Derry-Donegal border and is more ancient even than Glendermott and during the inquiry concerning Killea it was stated that frequently when graves were dug for a fresh interment bones of persons previously buried appeared (Derry Journal)

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