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Creggan History Society

Guide to Creggan Church and Graveyard

Adapted, with the Society's permission, from the 1988 Guide
Rectors of Creggan 1433 - 1988
The Church and Graveyard
Alphabetical Index
Graveyard - Section 1
Graveyard - Section 2
Graveyard - Section 3
"The Fairy Land of Promise"

The Guide was compiled by Kevin McMahon and Jem Murphy. Work on the development of the Guide had taken some years and it was launched at an ecumenical service in Creggan Church on 17 September 1988.

Canon Clarke, Rector of Creggan Parish and President of the Local Historical Society, welcomed Cardinal O'Fiaich to the happy and ecumenical Christian occasion to launch the Guide. "It is a wonderful venture indeed", he added, "and we all owe a debt of gratitude to all who have been involved in the research of a very historic Churchyard and of the subsequent arrangements and publication of our booklet." Archbishop Eames sent his apologies for being unable to attend. In Cardinal O'Fiaich's Homily he recalled the genesis of the project, in the early 1970s and thanked the authors for the diligence of their research. After the service, the congregation retired to the Church hall for a buffet and a feast of Irish traditional music throughout the afternoon and evening. By late evening, people were saying how much they had enjoyed the service, with all the different denominations present, saying "wouldn't it be nice to have an ecumenical service every year". It was, in fact, the first of the annual services.

These pages have been adapted from the Guide. Nothing has been changed, but some additional information, which has emerged since the launch, has been included. Where this has happened, it is identified as such.

One feature of this medium is that it allows dynamic linking between individual graves on the graveyard plans and the inscriptions on the gravestones.

"Desires I'd name to my heart most dear
By Creggan's Church I'll sleep Death's silent-sleep
And through my dreams the singing river hear
And feel from earth the raindrops softly seep."

Seamus Mor MacMurphy - poet and outlaw