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Patriarch Pizzaballa: Freeing hostages ‘first step’ toward end of the war - Vatican News

Advent Devotions in Chapel this evening at 6pm

Back to basics Farming The Burren Co Clare - RTE reports

Defibrillators nearby to chapel in case of a cardiac arrest


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Catholic bishops in Ireland ask parishes to conserve 30 percent of property for pollinators, biodiversity - The Christian Century

Why graveyards glowed red in Poland for All Saints, All Souls - RTE News

Bishop Donal McKeown celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Lavey Chapel with a Mass, Friday 8th September, 2023.

Christians leave for Armenia

Nagorno-Karabakh exodus marks 'very sad and dark days,' says Armenian  Catholic bishop | National Catholic Reporter

Armenian Christians Trapped and Facing Genocide - National Catholic Register

Azerbaijan’s current actions evoke the Armenian Genocide, bishop warns - Catholic Culture

Is a New Armenian Genocide Looming? - EWTN Vatican

Pope in France
Catholic Herald
Franciscans numbers down
Irish Catholic
Tractor run 2017

Ice - Cream Sunday and Mass at Gulladuff GAA pavilion 17th September 2023. £3500 was raised for chapel renovations.

Padre Pio Mass, Lavey 14th September 2023



Dicastery for Communication

Archbishop Rino Fisichella addresses vocations conference in Maynooth: “Pray for Priests” - Number of adult baptisms in France rises again this year as crucifixes are erected across countryside - Catholic Herald British Govt is waging war on Catholic schools in NI…while praising them at home - The Irish Catholic Newspaper

World famous Apparitions of Our Lady

Our Lady of Lourdes Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Postcard Icon 10x15  cm | eBay

Lourdes France, 11th February 1858 Knock Ireland, 21st August 1879 Fatima Portugal, 13th May 1917

World Youth Day Portugal 2023

Tens of thousands of young people attend the World Youth Day welcome ceremony at Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023.
Korea 2027 Portugal 2023 Pope Francis

Mayogall Road resurfacing 2023

The old concrete moyagall road was resurfaced with tar from Clark's Corner to just past the chapel at the 30mph limit. The old road was apparently constructed in the early 1930s and remained virtually intact to now with few potholes. Dreenan bridge just down the road was constructed also around this time. The year 1936 is enscribed on one wall. LCC is also printed on the opposite wall which may possibly stand for londonderry county council.

Dreenan Bridge on Google Maps


Saint Brigid's Primary School 50th Anniversary Mass

Masses  now on across Ireland

Church Media.TV - Click here for Masses live now.   Church Services TV - Click here for Masses live now.   MCN Services Media - Click here for Masses live now.

Lavey Parish Records - Some records not complete.

lavey Parish baptisms 1800s Lavey Parish Marriages 1800s Lavey Graveyards names
Lavey Baptisms 1800s Lavey Marriages 1800s Lavey Graveyards Names

Bishop Paul Connell Ordination Knock Scripture School - Catholic News Notre Dame Carpenters OSV News

Altar servers return to Lavey Chapel May 2023



Around the country - Parish of Coolmeen, Co Clare.

Clonard Monastery webcam, Belfast

Newsletters from other Parishes

Old Holy Water Font

Historic holy water sandstone font from chapel main door (men's door pre renovation) returns to rest at old altar in new graveyard thanks to Fr Graham PP who requested that it be placed there with reverance to it's history rather than see it dumped in a corner somewhere. Many people, including parishioners past and present, blessed themselves at this cherished noble and ancient font.

Historic holy water font originally at chapel door (men's).

The Cross in the 'new'graveyard is modelled on the the design of the Cross of Clonoe Co Tyrone and on the Papal Cross Dublin.

The High Cross of Clonoe Co Tyrone.
Photo L Mulholland 4th March 2010 
Papal Cross, Phoneix Park Dublin.
Photo 1979 

The Angelus

Mother of Carlo Acutis addresses church crowds Sister Wilhelmina

Graveyard observations for Cemetery Sunday 2023

The oldest recorded date in the 'old' graveyard is James Hevrin 1805 The oldest recorded date in the 'new' graveyard is Bernard MacErlain 1875

The above headstones are not necessarily the oldest in our graveyards. The Bernard MacErlain headstone is not in a photograph taken in the early 1920s although it might have replaced a smaller earlier version. The above information is subject to correction or update at any time.

Chapel photo above possibly early 1920s

Old Graveyard Gates

Parishioners who visit the Old Graveyard will be glad to see the damaged pillar has been repaired in time for Cemetery Sunday 2023.

This gate is believed to be the original entrance. The other gate at the carpark was opened by Fr Regan PP, in the 1980s.

The old gates have suffered periodic damage over the years.

During Fr Regan's time, a tractor hit the left pillar and the ball fell and broke on the road.

The replacement ball was apparently sourced from Co Donegal.

During Fr O'Donnell PP's time,the ball on the right hand side pillar rolled off but fell undamaged onto the grass. Tommy Rankin, stonemason, refitted it

Recently on the 24th Sept 2022 the same right hand pillar suffered major damage when the coping and ball were pushed off into the graveyard side. The ancient coping broke. It is believed a vehicle possibly towing something caught the top of the pillar pushing it off into the grounds of the graveyard.

Colm McNally, Ardmore Stone, Ballymacpeake, reconstructed and repaired the top and the pillar was restored to it's original state june 2023.

YouTube Parish Videos 

Chapel Renovations 2018/2019 Cemetery Sunday 2022 Chapel People 1987

Our Lady Queen of the May

May procession from times gone by Queen of the May May procession Shanbally 1955

Pentecost Sunday and it's meaning

Irish Famine Commemoration 2023

President Joe Biden visits Knock Shrine - The Tablet

Thousands of Christians flock to Jerusalem for Orthodox Easter 'Holy Fire' rite - France 24

Easter Events Lavey 2023

Easter Facts - National Catholic Register

Letter of Pontius Pilate wrote to Roman Emperor, about Our Lord Jesus Christ - Catholic Culture

Why do Catholics cover crucifixes and statues near end of Lent

Palm Sunday 2nd April 2023 - National Catholic Register

Eathquakes hit Middle East

Cork priest calls for alternative to economic sanctions on 'crippled' Syria -

Turkey’s last Armenian village fears for its future after quake - Alarabiya News

Earthquake another blow for Christian communities in Syria, Turkey - The Catholic Register

Donate to Trocaire to help Syria and Türkiye following devastating earthquakes


Irish nun leads nine-day walking pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in South Sudan - RTE News


App enables people to deepen their faith - Catholic News

Dingle always leads St Patrick Day parades before dawn

Safeguarding Notice - 10/1/2023

The Moving Graveyard of Matehy - by Shane Lehane

St Mary’s Church, Lavey – benefitting from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Chapel Spire installation video by Jim Kerr Photography

St Padre Pio relics come to All Saints Church Ballymena, November 2022. 

Old statue returns to Lavey Chapel

Our Lady of Mercy Statue history.

Sisters of Mercy Convent windows Derry,  now re-located in Lavey Chapel.


Sisters of Bon Secours

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
The Columbans  

Frs Graham O'Hagan Easter Mass 2022 Way of Cross 2022
Saint Corona - The Tablet Pandemic Saints - Catholic Herald


What makes the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe so mysterious - Courtesy of EWTN and CNA


Have you thought of using your mobile phone or tablet as a prayerbook during Mass. The Missalette for Sunday is currently updated weekly on the parish website here. There are numerous websites offering prayers and one site offers daily Mass reading here for a small fee. The Parish website also has some prayers and links on this page.

New version of Click To Pray is 2.0 (Beta) - Popes Worldwide Prayer Network


Archdiocese of Dublin introduces cashless payments - CatholicNews.


New York Priest Niall McDonagh Story on RTE 


How 'Mass Rocks' are renewing the Faith in Ireland - The Tablet

Fr O'Donnell PP says Mass at Ballymacpeake June 2000 AD. 

SVDP DRaw ticket copy 1924

Five Sisters who became Nuns


Priests remains returns to USA - Catholic World Report


Cardinal at Fatima Shrine: World needs ‘spiritual restart’ after pandemic - Catholic News Agency

Fatima, Portugal ~ The Catholic Travel Guide


First Catholic Monastery in Tajikistan - AsiaNewsit


SpaceX Inspiration4 and Saint Jude's Children Research Hospital

Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux sit in the Dragon capsule

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch | WIRED

I would'nt say my cooking is that bad, but if I leave the back door open, the mice run out - LM

Venezuela's 'doctor of the poor' beatified - The Tablet

Venezuela's 'doctor of the poor' beatified

Atlas excavator bogged Co Derry Ireland


Trócaire donations at risk due to  Covid-19 restrictions



The Lavey Parish Website was already on the World Wide Web in 1998.

It was initially called Mayogall but was later changed to Lavey Parish.
Below is a snapshot from the Internet Archives Wayback Machine Web Crawler.
The Parish Website below, was just a plain page with some hyperlinks..

Pope Francis visits Iraq


Relaxing Road Trip Time Lapse. Germany to Sicily 2700km 3days


Fratelli tutti, on fraternity and social friendship



Young people explore connections of economy, ecology, faith





Interview on YouTube with Antonia Acutis mother of Carlo Acutis who tells us about his life



Carlo Acutis, Computer Programmer beatified 10 October 2020 Assisi - Angelusnews.

The Sacred Heart

New stained Glass windows at Our Lady's Altar blessed by Fr Graham PP 17th October 2020.

Our Ladys Altar Lavey Chapel Derry Ireland Fr Graham PP


Our Ladys Altar Lavey Chapel Derry Ireland Fr Graham PP

The souls of the young are being 'stolen' warns Pope

The souls of the young are being 'stolen' warns Pope

Holy land Pilgrimage Experience

Nothing prepares you for the experience of a Holy Land pilgrimage

Catholic social teaching has values the world needs, Dominican says


Site of Jesus's miracles may have moved over time - The Jerusalem Post



New stained glass fitted at Our Lady's Altar.

Point and click to enlarge.




Fr Graham PP Lavey Parish, blesses Statue of Saint Therese Friday 2nd October 2020 ad.


Saint Theres St Marys Chapel Lavey Co Derry Ireland Fr Graham PP

Balloonist admires Chapel and Spire

Alpha Glass install stained glass at Virgin Altar Thursday 1st of October 2020 ad.

St Mary's Chapel Lavey Co Derry Ireland Stained Glass Windows Alpha Glass Derry 

The 6th Station from Lough Derg was streamed live from the Chapel on May 30th 2020 at 3am.




Irish Famine remembered


Famine Eviction


Bahrain inaugurates Cathedral of Mary Queen of Arabia - Vatican News.



1919 parochial Insurance Document - with thanks to Denis Broderick.

Oh Mary this London's a wonderful sight

Lavey Chapel St Marys Mayogall Derry Ireland irish policeman accordian london britain

Saint Charbel Makhlouf unites Christians and other faiths


Called to religious life: A brother’s vocation story


Saint Blaise. Believed to have saved Dubrovnik.

St. Blaise Church in the heart of Dubrovnik

You may recall this photo of big bale silage making in Mayogall with the new Chapel and Spire in background. Young farmers, Ben, Eamon and Edward who made these bales, recently showed me coloured stones found after the bales were fed to their cattle. These pebbles have probably come from the graves in the nearby churchyards. Owners have recently had to take measures to prevent birds from taking them for whatever reason and then dropping them in the local fields.

lavey chapel silage tractor round bale

Sample of stones found in round bale silage.


Poor Clares of Galway release song called 'Calm the Soul'.

Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald, the founder of the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centres, launched the song for the Poor Clares.

Click to hear and see song on YouTube

Parishoners may notice some curious marks and a plate along the bottom edges of our Chapel.

Apparently these are called benchmarks and are to do with Ordnance Survey but are no longer in use. I will leave the reader to do the usual google searches for more info.

The first is at the entrance gate to the Chapel at the corner where apparently a stairway led to an underground store ( So I am told)


The second is a metal plate bearing the letters OS and BM with the number 3578. It is at the East side main altar corner near the distinctive Fr O'Kane grave at the roadside.

The parish does not have any info or history about when these were placed on the chapel.


Catherine McAuley
Sisters of Mercy

Venerable Nano Nagle
Presentation Sisters


Distinctive Rebellion in Lavey - Greta strikes 2019.

Mexican Priest dispenses Holy Water in unorthodox way.

Image result for holy water dispenser

Knock live webcams

St Francis of Assisi Basilica Live Cam

Catholic mobile Apps

Pray with the Pope - Click to Pray

Mission stalls Lavey, possibly 2006.

Congress about women in church - Catholic News

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