Help Us Rebuild History at the Saint-Colomban Cemetery!

Join us in preserving the rich heritage of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery by supporting our fundraising campaign to rebuild the crumbling wall that safeguards numerous historic monuments. Together, we can ensure the protection and restoration of this sacred site for generations to come.

The Need

The existing wall supporting the monuments in the Saint-Colomban Cemetery is deteriorating, putting at risk the precious monuments that bear witness to the history of this cherished community. Without prompt intervention, these irreplaceable artifacts may be lost forever. We aim to raise $30,000 to rebuild the wall and safeguard the memory of the past.

Our Goal

With your generous contributions, we will rebuild the wall, reinforcing its structural integrity and preserving the historic monuments within its protective embrace. Your support will directly impact the preservation of this sacred space, enabling future generations to connect with their ancestors and appreciate the heritage that defines us.

Why it Matters

The Saint-Colomban Cemetery is not just a resting place for the departed but also a living testament to the cultural and historical legacy of our community. By rebuilding the wall, we are not only honoring the memory of those who came before us but also ensuring that their stories and contributions endure.

Join Us

Help us reach our $30,000 goal by making a donation today! Every contribution, big or small, makes a significant impact on the restoration of this sacred site. Together, let's watch the thermometer rise as we strive to rebuild history, one brick at a time.

Donate and Make a Difference

Visit our donation form to make a secure online donation. You can also contribute by sending a cheque to CIMPN at 61 rue Somerset, Baie D’Urfe, Quebec, Canada, H9X 2V8. Let's work together to rebuild the wall and preserve the remarkable legacy of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery.

Thank you for your support and for joining us in this important endeavor. Together, we can ensure that the past continues to inspire and educate future generations.


Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella
Ex-Alderman of City of Montreal, 1896-99

Rev Patrick Phelan

Patrick Phelan is often considered the “founder” of St. Columban since he
was responsible for having his order “The Company of Saint Sulpice”, offer land to the first Irish settlers in the area.

Birth: Feb. 1, 1795
Death: Jun. 7, 1857

Emmett Matthew Hall

Emmett Matthew Hall may not be the first name that pops into your head when it comes to a Cool Canadian, but once you hear of his achievements, it will be impossible for you to forget him.

Funchion, Kenna & Phelan Notes

Gerald Phelan, who was Post Master in St. Columban for at least 40 years, never married. His sister, Jessie Phelan, lived in the same house at the four corners in St. Columban. She also never married. Gerald died before Jessie. Gerald Phelan donated the land that the cemetery is on to the church. Gerald and Jessie had siblings who moved south to Massachusetts. There was a second family of Phelans who owned the next farm to Gerald Phelan's. There were three brothers and at least one sister, but the brother who stayed on the farm was Patrick Phelan.

William Carroll - A journey from St. Columban to California

From An Illustrated History of Sacramento County, California... published 1890.

Descendants of William Carroll


On my mother’s side (Beverley Keyes), I am also connected to St. Columban as a descendant of the Keyes family. For an overview of this family, please see the notes under Keyes, Casey etc.

It is on my father’s side (Brian Delaney) of the family that I related to the Carroll clan.

Sean Delaney

Descendants of William Carroll

The Skelly Family

By Kelley O’Rourke

The Skelly family can be traced back to the pretty little village of Ballynacarrigy, or Balnacarrig (referred to in John Skelly’s 1937 letter as Ballycarga), in the barony of Mygoish, county of Westmeath, and province of Leinster, 7 miles from Mullingar, and 45 miles from Dublin. The surrounding landscape includes bogs, mountains, and beautiful lakes.

Grace - McDonald

Descendants of Patrick Grace

Generation No. 1

1. PATRICK1 GRACE was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. He married MARY ADDEY. She was born Abt. 1758 in County Kilkenny, Ireland, and died November 16, 1828.

He was illiterate.

Notes for MARY ADDEY:
Mary Addey or Adday, or Adée, from County Kilkenny, Ireland.

She was a widow at her death.

Casey – Toomey – Grimes

First Generation:

William Casey (born Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1772) and his wife Mary McCormick (born Ireland 1783) emigrated to Canada with their six children ca. 1823 / 1824, and settled briefly in Montreal’s Griffintown before taking up land in Ste. Scholastique Quebec. William died at St. Columban 28 Oct. 1836, at the age of 64. His wife, Mary McCormack, remained in St. Columban, and died there on 27 April 1853, in her 71st year.

Descendants of Timothy Slattery

Generation No. 1

1. TIMOTHY SLATTERY was born Abt. 1801 in Tipperary, Ireland, and died September 1868 in St. Columban, Canada. He married CATHERINE CASEY 24 September 1832 in St. Scholastique Canada, daughter of WILLIAM CASEY and MARY MCCORMICK. She was born Abt. 1814 in Tipperary, Ireland, and died 04 April 1842 in St. Columban, Canada.


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