Ballyoan Cemetery is located on a hillside off the old Rossdowney Road, Waterside, Derry. It looks out over the River Foyle and the City towards the Donegal Mountains. This cemetery was planned due to the completeness of the City Cemetery and the Altnagelvin Cemetery (instituted 1960).
In the mid-1990s, numerous human remains were found at the Waterside Workhouse, Derry Workhouse. These remains, believed to be of people who died in the mid-nineteenth century, were later interred in this cemetery.
This cemetery is not segregated like many others.
Derry City Council planned and built a Temple of Rest, on site but later changed its purpose to a Cemetery Caretaker's residence and then to a storage facility for Council equipment. It is now empty and redundant.