Main St., Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow
Phone: 086 3989222



Demand for cremation has grown significantly in Ireland in recent times.   In many respects it is exactly the same as the more traditional funeral rite, however there are some important and practical differences.   When the funeral cortege arrives at the crematorium chapel, there can be a short committal ceremony following which the coffin is transferred to the cremator.  The remains (ashes) are later placed in an urn for disposal.   The options for disposal are:-

  1. Private Disposal
  2. Interment or scattering at a garden of remembrance
  3. Interment in a columbarium wall

We will arrange and advise you on all the necessary documentation necessary in relation to the cremation.

Please contact us for any queries on cremation.


We respectfully and carefully manage all aspects of repatriation including:-

  • Obtaining the necessary documentation in the locality
  • Presenting the documentation to procure permits for the destination country
  • Preparing the body for shipment
  • Completing all travel arrangements
  • Advising on the costs involved
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on Repatriation.

Advanced Funeral Planning

It is becoming quite common for individuals to plan for their funeral for the purpose of ensuring their wishes are carried out and to minimise the stress on those left behind in terms of managing the funeral arrangements.

If you would like to discuss Advanced Funeral Planning with us in strictest confidence we will meet with you at the location of your choice to talk through your wishes, to advise and assist in whatever way we can.

We will arrange to draw up the details of your wishes for your approval and to have them forwarded to your executor/solicitor for the purpose of ensuring your specified wishes are carried out.

For any queries, please contact us.

Death Certificate

A Death Certificate may be obtained from the local Registrar. To find out who this is, you need to speak to the deceased persons General Practitioner, Nursing Home Doctor, Hospital Mortuary Technician or the Coroner involved. Costs of certificates are approximately € 10.00 per copy.

If a post mortem has taken place, it could take anything from 3 months onwards for the Coroners inquest report to be established. You should contact the Coroner involved in relation to this. If you need an Interim Death Certificate in the meantime, the Coroners office will issue this at a cost of € 10.00 per copy.

Old Age Pension Books

Pension Books should be returned to the local Post Office. If there is either a husband or wife left behind and they are not divorced or legally separated, they are entitled to the deceased persons pension in full for a further 6 weeks. However, the pension book should be returned to the Post Office as soon as possible after the death has occurred and the 6 week pension will be sent to them in full within 2 to 3 weeks.

Widows / Widowers Contributory & Non-Contributory Pensions

The application forms and explanatory booklets may be given to a family member at the time of the funeral arrangements or may be obtained from our offices.

Carer's Allowance

If a family member / friend is on Carer's Allowance when the death of the person they are claiming for occurs the person claiming Carer's Allowance is entitled to the allowance for a further 6 weeks. However, they must notify the Social Welfare Officer in question and he will post them the 6 weeks allowance in full within 2 - 3 weeks of notification.


If an estate is to go to Probate it is recommended that a family member / executor or solicitor should do this. If you wish to contact the Probate Office they will assist you in every possible way.

Burial or Cremation

The choice of burial or cremation is yours. There is little difference in the overall cost should the family own a grave. However, if a new grave needs to be purchased, then this can add significantly to the cost of the funeral. When arranging for the opening of an existing grave, please provide us with the grave number or failing that, details of the person or persons interred in that grave. We will then make all the necessary arrangements.

The cost of a funeral

The cost of a funeral is made up of two charges:

  1. Charges by the Funeral Director, to include the coffin, the removal of the deceased, the embalming of the body, and our professional fee for the arrangement and co-ordination of the funeral.
  2. Disbursements paid out by us on your behalf to include grave opening and closing, cremation fees, newspapers, radio stations, organist, soloist, church offerings and gratuities.

The cost of each funeral will vary depending on the funeral chosen.  We will provide you with an estimate of the cost based on your wishes.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for details of the cost of a funeral.

Payment of Funeral Invoice

Funeral Invoices should be paid for within 30 days from the date of the invoice. Should a funeral account go to probate / solicitor any available funds in Banking Financial Institutions can by law be paid direct to the Funeral Undertaker on presentation of the invoice to that institution.


Death Benefit

The Death Benefit is a Social Welfare Grant. This is to help towards the cost of the funeral expenses. The person that is paying for this should apply to the Social Welfare Officer at their local Health Centre - they should bring along a copy of the Death Certificate / Interim Death Certificate and a copy of the Funeral Invoice for this grant.

Bereavement Grant - €850

There is a bereavement grant available. The application form and explanatory booklet may be given to you at the time of the Funeral Arrangements or may be obtained from the Bereavement Death Grant Section in Longford (Phone 1890 522 2220, or it can be downloaded from the Department's website at You will need a copy of the Death Certificate / Interim Death Certificate and Funeral Invoice for this grant (this is not a means tested grant). Allow 6 – 9 weeks for the cheque to be issued.

Widowed Parent Grant - €6000

If, at the date when a parent is widowed, there are children under 18 years, or under 22 years and in full time education, then the widowed parent will receive a grant of €6000. Please phone 1890 927 770 for more information.

An Exceptional Needs Payment

Administered by the Health Boards on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, may be available to give financial assistance if you do not have adequate means to pay for the funeral.

Other grants are available in certain circumstances. Please visit for more information.


James Burke
Main St.,
Co. Wicklow

086 3989222
059 6481825
059 6481207
086 3629268

Thomas Roche 087 2319169
Jim Humphries 086 1617760
Pat Fleming 086 1206979
Peter Moran 087 2771859

Outside of Ireland
Phone: 00353 963989222

St Mary's Church