Old Leck Graveyard, Oldtown, Leck, Co Donegal

(Photograph by Bernie)


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Leck Cemetery is in Oldtown behind the modern day Letterkenny, not far from Carrygalley.

It has an Old Section and a New Section a short distance apart

This graveyard contains both Catholic and Protestant family plots

See Map for the location of the Old Cemetery within Oldtown



There are the ruins of an ancient church in the grounds of the old cemetery and incorporated into one of its walls is a carved stone


(Photograph by Bruce)


Headstone Inscriptions - Old Leck Cemetery


The following headstone inscriptions were all compiled by Muriel, except for the Laird headstone and notes, which were submitted by Bruce

They have been checked against a survey conducted by the Letterkenny Heritage Centre in 1991 and are as complete a listing as is possible

The majority of these inscriptions also appear in the Archives of the Donegaleire List at Rootsweb & Donegaleire website


See Stewart

In memory of James Oliver Brady
died 7th December 1942 aged 5 months
Great grandson of the late Robert Higgerty

In Loving Memory of the Breslin family, Knockbrack
William died 4th June 1970 aged 82 years
Charles died 30th November 1976 aged 85 years

In Loving memory of
William Breslin Drumnahoagh
Died 30th May 1949
R. I. P

See Semple

In Loving Memory of George Callan died 27 Feb 1904
His daughter Betty Callan who died 28th Feb 1908
His wife Julia Callan who died 1929
His son George Callan who died November 1931
Sacred heart of Jesus Have mercy on their souls
Three lines illegible
R. I. P

In loving memory of Thomas Campbell
died 18th March 1950 aged 82 years
Rebecca Campbell died 4th August 1950 aged 75 years
R. I. P

See Langan

Sacred to the memory of the Rev. John Chambers
who died 11th March 1835 in the 81st year of his age
He was ordained for the Perpetual Curacy of the Parish of Leck
Which he had hold till his death a period of 58 years
also of Anne his wife who died 3rd August 1833 In the 78th year of her life

Here lieth the body of Colonel William Chambers
who departed this life the 13th day of June 1842 in his 79th year of his age
That breath is thine eternal God
Tis thine to fix my souls abode
It holds its life from thee alone
On earth or in the world unknown.

In Loving memory of John Colhoun died 26th Sept 1913
also his father William Colhoun died 25th May 1913
His mother Jean Colhoun died 1st April 1914
also his sister Tillie died 17th March 1910

In Loving Memory of Margaret Collins died 19th November 1971 aged 73 years
Her husband Charles died 11th Sept 1989 aged 97 years
Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on their souls
"Until we meet again "

In Loving memory of the Crerand family
Lower Main Street Letterkenny
Merciful Jesus grant them eternal rest
Sculptor: T McCaul

In loving memory of John Curran Bonagee
who died on the 15th May 1966 aged 16 years
R. I. P

In Loving memory of
Sarah Diver ,Rosemount died 24th April 1937
Edward Diver died 24th August 1959 aged 92 years
R. I. P

In loving Memory of
Billy Doherty Letterkenny who died 1st March aged 50 years
Erected by his many friends around Letterkenny
Sculptor : J. Daly

In Memory of
Bernard Doherty died 15th July 1893
also his brother John died 21st April 1899
And his sister Hannah died 6th February 1904
Ellen died 18th July 1906

In loving memory of
Charles J Doherty died 4th Jan 1945
His son Denis died 1945
His mother Fanny died 6th Feb 1943
His father Michael died 1935
His sister Katy died 1st Nov 1926
His brother John died 8th Jan 1956
His brother Joseph died 29th May 1976
also his niece Kate O'Donnell died 20th Feb 1948

See Langan

DOHERTY In Loving memory of
Daniel Doherty Ard O Donnell died 27th Oct 1959
Also his wife Margaret died 21st Feb 1969
Their son John Joseph died 3rd October 1950

In loving memory of
Hannah Duffy Rosemount Died 23rd Feb. 1937 aged 49 years
Her husband John Duffy died 6th January 1951 aged 72 years

(Photograph by Bruce)

Erected by Jane Fellows
In Loving Memory of Archibald Homme died 31st December 1846
Anne Homme died 19th March 1880
John Laird Homme died 14th Dec 1884
Anne Homme died 17th January 1885
Jane Fellows died 31st Jan 1897


In memory of Neil Gibbons who died 27th June 1878 aged 86 years
Margaret Gibbons who died 8th March 1884 aged 82 years
Edward Gibbons who died 15th April 1853 aged 20 years
also Margaret Gibbons who died 23rd Dec 1916 aged 80 years
George Gibbons killed in action in France April 1916 aged 20 years
Slate found beside grave ML1881 J.P Kildea


Notes :

George Gibbons grandson of Neil and Margaret

See 1901 census Cullion


In loving memory of
David Harris Ardiganny died May 4th 1910
His wife Sarah Died Sept 1st 1914
also their five children

This erected by a few of
The many well wishers of the entombed the Rev D JA Haughey R C Pastor
of the Lagon parishes
Whose soul quitting its Earthly tabernacle
Returned to its creator on the 7th day of April 1797 aged 41 years

In loving memory of
Margaret Haughey died 1st Feb 1961

The Hegarty Family
R. I. P

In loving Memory of
Jane Hegarty , Drumany died 30th November 1967 aged 76 years
Her daughter Nellie died 5th May 1930 aged 18 years
James Hegarty died 22nd Nov. 1973 aged 88 years

In Loving memory of Elizabeth Hegarty died 31st Jan 1953 aged 75 years
also her husband John Hegarty died 27th Dec 1963 aged 94 years
Michael Hegarty died 23rd May 1979
R. I. P

Thy will be done
In loving memory of Mary Hegarty, Trimeragh
died 12th May 1904 aged 33 years
Her husband William died 22nd April 1942 aged 82 years
Their son James died in the U.S.A
Erected by son Manus Hegarty Wales
And daughter Mary Harrington Australia

Erected In memory of
William Hegarty Sallaghagrane who died 16th August 1888 aged 82 years
also his sons William who died 9th February 1899 aged 56 years
James who died 25th Sept 1909 aged 73 years
Grace Hegarty who died 28th September 1916 aged 66 years
also Andrew Hegarty who died 3rd October 1920 aged 84 years
Requim aeternam dona eis dominc.

In Loving Memory of
Maggie Herald died 3rd July 1932
Susan Herald died 6th November 1938
James Herald died 1st November 1938
Hannah Herald died 2nd August 1943
James Herald died 24th Sept 1981
Annie McGarrigle died 21st November 1990

See Brady

Erected by Jane Fellows
In Loving Memory of Archibald Homme died 31st December 1846
Anne Homme died 19th March 1880
John Laird Homme died 14th Dec 1884
Anne Homme died 17th January 1885
Jane Fellows died 31st Jan 1897

Notes & Researcher

R. I. P

In Loving memory of
John & Margaret Kildea

Sacred to the memory of
Bernard King who died 3rd December 1912
also his wife Kathleen King who died 20th Jan 1962 aged 65 years
also interred
Anne Magennis who died on the 24th July 1965
R. I. P



Erected by

Jean Laird, of Letterkenny

in memory of

her husband Martin Laird

Who died on the 8th June 1817

at age 56 years


His son Andrew Laird

Who died 7th September 1833

aged 25 years


Her son John Laird

Who died 18th December 1835

aged 27 years

and also

her infant grandson John Laird Hoome

who died 10th April 1837

and the above Jean Laird who died

the 25th of Sep 1849

the son in law Allen Hoome

who died 13th Nov 1840

(Under a Sycamore tree in the old Leck Cemetery are the 2 Laird/Hoome Graves side by side)

Notes & Researcher

(Photograph by Bruce)


Most sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on the souls of
Charles Langan who died on the 1st May 1910
also his father Patrick Langan who died on the 13th Oct 1885
also his mother Anne Nelly Langan who died on the 8th November 1889
also his brother Patrick Langan who died on the 20th Oct 1883
his sisters Susan Cassidy who died on the 13th Dec 1900
Mary Doherty who died on the 10th Sept 1895
his brother Dr John Langan who died on the 23rd March 1895
his sisterAnne Quigley who died on the 21st December 1895
Erected by his wife and boys

In memory of Samuel Love Drimanaught

Who died on the 13th March 1875
also his wife Elizabeth who died on the 4th March 1878


Samuel Love's death registered Letterkenny 1875, vol2 pg 162 - aged 84yrs

Elizabeth's death registered Letterkenny 1878, vol 2 pg 149 - aged 65 yrs

In loving memory of
James Lucas Ardicanny died 22nd Dec 1891 aged 86 years
also his wife Judith died August 1855
Erected by their daughter Jane Walton

See King

See Murray

In Loving memory of
My dear husband Fred McCann died 27th Sept 1986 aged 47 years
Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul
Erected by his loving wife Isobel
"Until we meet again"

Sweet Jesus have mercy on The soul of
Andrew McCool died 19th August 1922 aged 90 years
Erected by his loving wife Ellen


Of your charity Pray for the souls of
James McDaid , Pluck who died 5th November 1918 aged 76 years
And his wife Mary who died 19th January 1924 aged 82 years
R. I. P

In affectionate remembrance of
Robert McDermott Magherabuoy died 17th Nov. 1900 aged 30 years
also his wife Isabella died 12th Dec 1903 aged 63 years

Erected to the memory of
Hugh McFadden of Oldtown who died 11th of August 1897 aged 70 years
Edward McFadden died 19th June 1905 aged 39 years
Charles McFadden died in infancy 27th October 1907
Patrick McFadden died 5th August 1909 aged 39 years
Hugh McFadden died 14th November 1917 aged 48 years
R. I. P


In loving memory of
Michael McGee of Trimragh who died 10th October 1911 aged 75 years
also his wife Margaret who died 13th May 1904
And their daughter Hannah who died 16th December 1912
R. I. P

In Loving Memory of Mary McMonagle died 26th Feb. 1927
Her Husband Bernard died 25th March 1958
R. I. P

In memory of Thomas Moore
Who died 19th Sept 1894
Also his wife Mary Moore
Who died on the 27th Dec 1893
also their six children
Asleep in Jesus

In loving memory of
Sarah Murray died 4th Feb 1954 aged 73 years
Her husband Daniel died 25th November 1931 aged 71 years
Their son William died 14th Feb 1929 aged 16 years
Their daughter Susan Martin died 17th June 1988 aged 74 years
Erected by her daughter Susan

Thy Will be done
In Loving memory of
John Nee Cullion Died 14th August 1936 aged 83 years
His wife Mary died 4th November 1954 aged 68 years
Johnny Nee died 10th January 1981 aged 82 years
Rest in peace

O'DONNELL See Doherty

Martha Park died 12th Dec 1887 aged 74 years
also her husband William Park died 15th June 1880 aged 76 years
also their son George Park died 29th March 1929 aged 78 years
also his son William George died 12th Sept 1901 aged 4 years
Jesus said suffer the little children to come unto me
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
Rev X1V 13V
Catherine Park died 7th April 1932

In loving memory of our dear sister
Ruby Patterson died 30th Jan 1928 aged 32 years
Her Husband John died 1st March 1945 aged 83 years

See Langan

In loving memory of
Robert G (Roy) Scott
died 29th May 1968 aged 42 years
Robert Scott died 20th Feb 1978 aged 89 years

In loving memory of
John Semple died 10th Feb 1929 aged 65 years
also his wife Jane died 10th Dec 1937 aged 68 years
R. I. P
Also Joseph Brown died 15th August 1897
His wife Mary Anne died 25th March 1895
Their son David died 19th Jan 1893
Their daughter Grace died 13th Dec 1902
also Margaret Semple died 29th May 1954
Also Jean McRea died 15th Feb 1945
Joseph Brown died 23rd Jan 1951
John Semple died 3rd Jan 1960
Alexander Semple died 18th July 1961
Joseph Semple died 27th July 1969

In memory of
Margaret Stewart died 25th Nov 1894 aged 23 years
Margery Boal died 22nd Feb 1899 aged 43 years
Robert Boal died 21st March 1911 aged 72 years
Boy and girl Grandchildren of the above
Who died in their infancy in 1907 and 1912
Erected by their family Dawson, Letterkenny
In loving memory of
Tommy Boal who died 17th October 1956.

In Loving memory of William Sweeney Drumdoit
died 12th November 1973 aged 63 years
His wife Emily died 18th June 1978 aged 67 years

In loving memory of
The Sweeney Family Dromore
Dennis And Grace
Their sons James, Hugh, Charles, William, Patrick
R. I. P

In loving memory of
Liam Sweeney 98 Ard O Donnell
died 1st August 1972
R. I. P

See Lucas

In loving memory of
Fred Wilkie Drumnahoe died 10th January 1961
also his father Tom Wilkie Drumany died 1924
The Lord is my shepherd

In remembrance of
Louis Wilkie died 4th June 1957
Margaret Wilkie died 13th Jan 1962
Thomas Wilkie died 28th Jan 1969 Susanna Wilkie died July 1913
Patrick Wilkie died 27th January 1984
R. I. P

In loving memory of
Mary Wylie who died 17th May 186 (4) ?aged 6 - ? years
also her husband Allan Wylie who died 9th April 1867 aged 80 years
also George Camp who died 13th Sept 1988 aged 73 years

In loving memory of
Robert Wylie, Drumany died 29th March 1937 aged 65 years
also His wife Isabella died 22nd Feb. 1948 aged 69 years
Their son Robert George died 10th June 1976 aged 76 years
Peace Perfect Peace
Sculptor: McCaul Letterkenny



1. Laird/Hoome

The 1824 Pigotís Directory shows Jane Laird, Innkeeper, Letterkenny. In the 1846 Slater's Directory there is a listing for Jane Laird, Spirit & Porter Dealers, Letterkenny. In Slaterís 1856 Directory of Ireland, Anne Hoome is proprietor of Lairdís Hotel, Letterkenny. In 1881 Slater, the listing is: Hoome, Anne, Letterkenny, Spirit & Porter Dealer; and in the 1894 Slater Directory, it lists Laird's Hotel, "late A Hoome"  [Archibald] (now J.Fellows [Jane]). According to one "story" Laird's Hotel is where Wolfe Tone was taken after he was captured. Also, in the old Leck cemetery, there is a grave marked John Laird Hoome which is the only Laird grave I can find in all of Letterkenny.
Email Researcher - Bruce


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