Near Departed


This afternoon.

The Department of An Taoiseach has clarified the Government’s advice on attendance at funerals, burials and cremation.

It has said the numbers of people attending places of worship or the graveside should not exceed 10 and this may be restricted further in smaller enclosed spaces.

Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach Liz Canavan also said individual churches may put in place specific restrictions as a means to respond to specific local circumstances.


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7 thoughts on “Near Departed

  1. Formerly Known As

    Australia has the same 10 person limit. Funeral providers in Oz are using YouTube or Zoom and similar as to share the rover dings with more people.

    1. postmanpat

      During the service, the grave diggers will have a wee drink behind some tomb out of the way waiting for the crowd (of ten people) to leave. The priest isn’t included due to special powers they have always enjoyed in this country. Still allowed to call door to door during social distancing (and also bum kids with impunity)

      1. some old queen

        I am sure that applies to ministers, rabbis and Imams too Postie. At times of grief people take solace in their faiths and social distancing can be applied inside a home as well.

        Given that most of these clerics (of all religions) are elderly and know the risks to their personal heath, it is testimony to their faiths that they are still active in such a way- I think it is a very generous thing to do.

        1. postmanpat

          I know , they are on a mission from god, that’s why nobody tries to prosecute priests when they bum the odd kid here and there. It all balances out.

  2. Ringsend Incinerator

    Frankly in a lot of cases you’d be lucky to get 10 to start with. Way too many. Limit applies to non-COVID19 losses too, btw.

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