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Parish Graveyards,

Ballycastle, Ballintoy & Ballinlea.

The parish graveyards are owned and maintained

by the parishes for the use of their parishioners.

As a result of a number of recent enquiries and in the interest of providing clarity and ensuring consistency, the following rules will apply to all parishioners in respect of the use of the Parish Graveyards.


1. A grave can only be allocated on the occasion of a death. Graves will be opened in a consecutive pattern dependent on condition and weather.

2. A grave may only be allocated by the Parish Priest or his nominees. It will be a single plot (8 feet six inches approx. x 4 feet)

3. Only one person will be registered as the custodian of the family grave. Each family should nominate a person (normally next of kin) to be responsible for the grave.

4. Permission must be granted by the named custodian of the grave and by the Parish Priest or his nominees before a grave shall be reopened.

5. Human remains shall not be removed from a grave unless ordered by legal requirement.

6. Before erecting a headstone in the cemetery, a drawing and script of the proposed memorial must be submitted to the Parish Priest or his nominees, c/o Parish office, Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. This also applies to subsequent additions or alterations to the headstone. The parish cannot accept liability for damage caused to graves or headstones.

7. All monumental sculptors (having been commissioned by the family member named in section 3) must contact the Parish Priest or his nominees before commencing any work to ensure the proper placing of headstones. These should be erected back to back and should be no more than 4 feet high and 3 feet 9 inches wide.

8. The erection or placing of pillars, railings, hoops or other structures, movable or immovable, on graves, for the purpose of enclosing them, is strictly prohibited and if erected will be removed at the family's expense.

9. To facilitate grave maintenance, no tree shrub or flowers may be planted; nor should any additional grave furniture be placed on the grave, and no false surfaces are to cover the grave. The headstone should be the sole monument. Bouquets and wreaths placed on the grave should be removed when faded, withered, broken or discoloured. (If this is not adhered to the grass may not be cut)

10. Only gravediggers approved of by the parish with adequate public liability insurance will be allowed to dig graves in the graveyard.

The purpose of these regulations is not to restrict the freedom of the users but rather to ensure that our Parish cemetery will be a testimony to our faith in the Resurrection and our reverence and respect for the dead.

These regulations will be effective from January 2019. The Parish reserves the right to vary these regulations at any time in the future whether by deletion, addition, or modification.


Recently Ballycastle Graveyard records have gone online, and can be accessed by going to www.discovereverafter.comand by logging in with a username and password. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the records are accurate, if a mistake has been made please contact Fergal in the sacristy to rectify the error. The records have been taken mainly, but not entirely, from the headstones, and as some of the headstones only have a family name on them, the records may be incomplete, so if anyone can verify who was buried there, please do so.

Furthermore, as a result of regulatory changes arising from legislation in respect of the environment, an onerous financial burden has been added to the costs associated with the maintenance and management of the graveyards. Charges for the ongoing upkeep of the facilities have been escalating over recent years and very regrettably the parish is no longer in a position to fund all these incremental operating costs. In addition development work needs to be undertaken to deliver additional capacity. Therefore with effect from January 2019 a levy of £500 will be made on each burial undertaken.





Christmas Message 2018

Bishop Noel Treanor

“As we walk amid passing things, You teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures.” (Advent Liturgy)

The darker nights of winter reveal for all of humanity the mystery of the heavenly lights. Against the backdrop of this dusky canvas, the stars above illuminate the earthly globe below; all countries, all continents and all peoples without distinction, without boundary. For centuries, these stars have provided guidance and direction to those who have set out on a quest across the oceans of discovery giving them hope, peace and serenity.

At Christmas time, our attention is particularly drawn to the Bethlehem Star which guided the Wise Men to encounter and pay homage to the Christ-child, the lamb of sacrifice, born humbly within the Manger. These early pilgrim travellers leaving their home in search of the Way, the Truth and the Life discovered a King sleeping within a stable. They found the homeless Son of God sheltered from the cold by the watchful care and love of Mary and Joseph. God came among us into the precarious reality of this first Christmas night. Into the world of the transient, the Bethlehem Star brought hope, peace and joy to the world.

It is not without significance that this Star of Bethlehem shone brightly against the canvas of darkness. Often, it is within such moments of darkness and obscurity that we cry aloud, reach out and search for God in our lives. It is in such moments of nightfall that we begin to see the bright star of hope with greater clarity of vision. In such moments of confusion and change, we are called by God to be ever more attentive to the presence of Christ in Word, sacrament, ministry and the faith community. Each Christmas, we are encouraged to take stock, to discern and seek out this enduring ray of Truth.

Wherever you live, whatever the past year has brought your way, whatever its ups and down, its joys and sorrows, I pray that in this Christmas season you will find some moments of peace - alone with God and in the company of friends and family.

The Bethlehem Star shone for all to see. Wherever we live, the local Church and its parishes are centres of worship, life, community, support and friendship. Their vitality is the fruit of the combined efforts and generosity of countless parishioners, volunteers and clergy.

Whether we live locally, or whether we emigrate to far-flung cities and locations, there will always be a parish somewhere, or a Christian community, where friendship in faith is to be found, linked into and enhanced by our own talents and skills. As our young people travel the world, I encourage them to seek out such parish centres, to explore their programmes, to take part in their liturgies and activities. Christians are a significant presence across the globe and they make a decisive contribution to human society notwithstanding the limitations of human frailty and weakness.

Community involvement enriches one’s personal life and is a luminous sign of a true and vibrant faith. As I thank all who have given their time, energy and know-how over the past year to the numerous services, initiatives and organisations which make up the life of our diocese, I invite you to consider ways in which you might support your parish in its activities and its many services to all generations. We are called to continue this mission of bringing hope, of holding firm to the things of heaven.

With all our parishioners I wish to thank our priests and Religious, Sisters, Brothers and Fathers, our monks and contemplative Sisters for their unfailing service to God in their care for us all.

There is an urgent need to rediscover the personal, community and ecclesial value of the life and work of the diocesan priest in this time of profound cultural change with its search for faith and meaning in life. The calling to become a diocesan priest, serving among the local community, is a way of life for the hearty and the generous of spirit.

May this Christmas Season bring us peace and joy in our hearts and homes. And may God’s blessing be with us through thick and thin in the coming year.

+ Noel Treanor (Bishop of Down and Connor)




























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