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About Us

We are a family owned funeral directors and monumental works established by John Halligan in 1987. We have an unsurpassed reputation for our professional and caring service. Our aim is to alleviate the stress and worry from the family of arranging the funeral, and in order to carry out this we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. A family member will deal with your call personally.

Unfortunately, most of us will be confronted with the task of arranging the funeral of a loved one, which, in the midst of grief, can be a daunting ordeal. We will provide personal dignified assistance and advice, sympathy and take care all necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Once our services are engaged, everything can be left in our care, giving peace of mind to you and dignity to the deceased. Our modern Funeral home in Rathvilly is set in private grounds and has extensive parking and tea and coffee making facilities. We also have the use of St. Paul's Oratory in Baltinglass if preferred. We can also provide a complementary funeral car if required.

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Our Services

The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful times in anyone's life. At this time we need to feel that our loss is understood and that there is someone capable of interpreting our needs and wishes for the funeral. There are a lot of arrangements and decisions to be made at this time. We will relieve you of that burden by giving you the complete and comprehensive service making all the arrangements on your behalf.


  • All arrangements with Hospital or Nursing Home
  • Repatriation services if required
  • Arrangements with Church, Priests, Sacristan, Bell, Altar Servers
  • Newspaper notices, Local Radio,

General Services

  • Coffin or Casket as requested
  • Grave Purchase
  • Grave Opening
  • Cremation arrangements

Other Services

  • Full Embalming Treatment
  • Funeral Car if required
  • Music or Singer
  • House Security

We can also advise on

  • Floral arrangements
  • Post Funeral refreshments
  • Music or Singer
  • Headstone or inscription

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Frequently Asked Questions

For your benefit we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions. Should you require any further information or if you have a question that is not addressed here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

It is important to contact the Doctor involved without delay. If the doctor is satisfied as to the cause of death, he or she will issue the Death Certificate. However, if the doctor is not satisfied as to the cause of death, he/she may consult the local Coroner, who then decides if a Post Mortem is required. Arrangements then have to be made with the Pathologist as to when this can take place. All sudden deaths, accidents etc., are, by law subject to a Coroner Post Mortem.
Our showrooms are stocked with a large selection of Coffins and Caskets. We would invite families to come in and choose whatever they think appropriate for their loved one. All are fully furnished and priced. Alternatively, we have a brochure available, where all are illustrated in full colour.
Removals can take place from the Funeral Home, Residence or Hospital. Our Funeral Homes has space, seating, parking and is fully equipped to deal with all removals. It can be opened to the public or kept private - family only. Some people like to have the traditional Wake at home. We would advise that the deceased is transferred first to our Funeral Home to be prepared properly - dressed, coffined - and then returned to the residence where it would remain until Removal time. Many Hospitals have a Mortuary for Funeral use. However, most would have rules about times etc., and hospitals would have to be contacted first to arrange same. Most hospitals now insist on embalming. This would have to be done in our Funeral Home and then the body would be returned to the hospital mortuary
Flowers are a very personal choice and we recommend that families deal directly with the Florist to make this choice. All the local Florists provide first class floral tributes and can create any special arrangement that you might require. The Florist can deliver wreaths and arrangements directly to our Funeral Home if required.

Contact Us

Station Road, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow.
Eircode R93 C560
Tele: 059 91 61973
John 087 2588097
David 087 7498279
Pauline 087 8206280

John Halligan Funeral Director and Monuement Sculptor


Irish Association of Funeral Directors