The funeral of Ronnie Drew in  2008. One angry letter writer to The Irish Times was enraged “to see that Ronnie Drew had a ‘send-off’ like no other, complete with a congregational rendering of Weela Weela Wallia”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Guidelines to counter the “dumbing down” of Catholic funerals issued by the Bishop of Meath appear to contradict those from the Archdiocese of Dublin.(...)