A file image of Communion dress for sale at a Dublin market. The Archbishop of Dublin has said there is ‘absolutely no way’ Confirmation or First Holy Communion services will take place in Dublin during May and June. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

There is “absolutely no way” Confirmations or First Holy Communions will take place in Dublin in May and June, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. “(...)

Funerals arrangements should not be advertised during the coronavirus pandemic and there should be no handshaking or hugging at services, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors has said. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Funerals arrangements should not be advertised during the coronavirus pandemic and there should be no handshaking or hugging at services, the Irish As(...)

New guidelines for holding funerals have been published. Photograph: iStock

Close family members of people who die from coronavirus will be allowed attend their funerals, but only under strictly controlled conditions, accordin(...)

US president Donald Trump: his assertion that coronavirus is ‘totally under control’ make him look like the mayor in Jaws. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

It’s good politics to give worst-case scenarios. Most of the time they never arise and it’s better to be seen to be overly cautious than blasé. Think (...)

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at a press briefing on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a coronavirus pandemic, warning that countries are not doing enough to stop the spread of the virus a(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, during a media update on the confirmed case of coronavirus at Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ten new cases of coronavirus have been reported this evening, the biggest daily increase recorded since the disease was found here at the end of Febru(...)

Public gatherings ‘such as a church services, gatherings at funeral homes, residences, crematorium chapels etc should not take place’, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

All funeral services for coronavirus victims should be postponed and the deceased brought straight to the crematorium or cemetery for committal, accor(...)

Flowers are taken from graves more often in the days leading up to Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Photograph: Tom Honan

People who steal floral arrangements and wreaths off graves have been described as the “lowest of the low” by a leading Dublin funeral director who wa(...)

Val O’Connor was  central to bringing Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli to Cork in 2005 when the city was European Capital of Culture.

Tributes have been paid to Val O’Connor, a prominent figure both in the funeral business in Ireland and in Cork’s commercial life, who died aged of 90(...)

Barbara Fowley, Mary Cunniffe and Susan Maguire of Massey Bros in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“We look like the Addams Family,” laughs Susan Maguire, casting her hand towards a family portrait hanging above the desk in her office. The building(...)

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