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Graves index completed for Carndonagh cemetery 10.06.23

THE Colgan Heritage Committee, in collaboration with Carndonagh parish, has announced the launch of an extensive graves index of the graveyard at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh. The index is the result of many months of work and it has been welcomed by the local community, both at home and abroad.

The graves index of the cemetery has now been completed and is available to the public. The resource includes a detailed map at the entry to the graveyard and an online database, where those living abroad can research their Carndonagh connections.
Members of Colgan Heritage Committee, Parish Office staff and Fr. Con McLaughlin PP at the official launch of the Graves Index at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh.
The planning for the project began a number of years ago and was complicated when the covid lockdowns were introduced. The Colgan Heritage Committee had floated the idea in the local area and received very positive feedback for the project. They formed a working group and approached Fr. Con McLaughlin PP, who gave the idea his full support and encouragement. Plans were put in place to raise the necessary funding for the project and a successful application was made to the Community Heritage Grant Scheme.

Further fundraising took place locally and Colgan Heritage gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Inishowen Co-Op, Inishowen Credit Union, Carndonagh parish and Costcutters Supermarket, Carndonagh, who kindly facilitated, and contributed to, a raffle held on their premises. The generosity of the people of Carndonagh and Inishowen ensured the raffle was a big success.

The survey of the graves was carried out by Irish Graveyard Surveyors (IGS). In addition to carrying out the survey IGS provided continuing support and invaluable guidance with the project. Once the survey was completed a draft map was placed in Sacred Heart Church and in the Colgan Hall, where the local community could view it and make corrections to any errors in the record.

Finally, a detailed map was placed in the graveyard and a database was launched online, which can be accessed by visiting the IGS website at www.irishgraveyards.ie and searching for ‘Sacred Heart Church Carndonagh’.

If anyone wishes to make a correction to an entry in the database, please contact Irish Graveyard Surveyors at 094 9365048 or Info@irishgraveyards.ie .

Both the onsite map and online database will be updated periodically. Meanwhile, Colgan Heritage has a number of other projects in the pipeline.
An event is being planned for National Heritage Week 2023, final touches are being made to a number of publications and plans are being drawn up for more of the ever popular ‘Dessie’s Walks’. Additionally, Colgan Heritage is planning a follow up project to build on the success of the recent Railway History event held in the Colgan Hall. With these, and other longer term, projects being planned, Colgan Heritage is delighted to welcome a number of new members to their ranks and would like to encourage more people with an interest in history and heritage to become involved. For further information please contact heritagecolgan@gmail.com .
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