Derry's City Cemetery to close 'within 7 years'

Thu, 29/11/2018 - 13:49 -- Editor

After 165 years and more than 80,000 burials, Derry’s City Cemetery is finally running out of space.

The graveyard – the final resting place for war veterans, IRA men and even a hymn writer – will close to new burials within the next seven years.

Yet such is the cemetery’s place in the fabric of the city that the prospect of resting elsewhere for eternity is causing concern.

“You do get people coming saying ‘I don’t want buried in the new cemetery,’ ” says foreman Shaun Boyd, “but unless you die in the next four or five years you’re not getting buried in this one.”