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Cremation is an alternative to burial when someone dies. All Christian denominations and most other religious sects around the world permit cremation. There are six crematoria located in Dublin.  Should you wish to arrange a cremation you should contact a Patrick O’Donovan & Son who will ensure all the legal requirements are met. Before cremation, forms must be signed by a medical referee who must be satisfied that the attending doctor has seen the body before and after the death, completed the medical certificate and the necessary form stating that there is no reason why the body should not be cremated. The attending doctor is required to examine whether or not the death should be notified to the coroner.

Water Cremation

Water cremation, also known as resomation, is an environmentally friendly alternative to flame cremation. The process mimics the natural process a body goes through in burial, as the body's cells are broken down into water but in a much shorter time frame. Water cremation is now available in Ireland. If this is an option you wish to explore, you should discuss it with your funeral director at the time of making the funeral arrangements.

The Ashes

The ashes will be available within 4 working days after the cremation. You can make arrangements through Patrick O’Donovan & Son or the crematorium for the remains to be buried in the crematorium's Garden of Remembrance.  Alternatively, the ashes can be collected in an urn from Patrick O’Donovan & Son. You can then bury the remains in a family grave or you may disperse them as you wish. If the dispersal is not on private ground, permission should be obtained from the appropriate authority, for example, the local authority.


If you choose burial you will either need to re-open an existing grave or purchase a new grave. Family graves can usually accommodate at least three adult burials and unlimited cremations, depending on the cemetery.

New graves are available for purchase in most cemeteries or graveyards in Dublin City/County and all Counties throughout Ireland. Whether you are purchasing a new grave or opening an existing one there will be an opening fee, of which our funeral arranger will advise you when making funeral arrangements.

Woodland Burials/Natural Burial Grounds

Woodland Natural Burial Ground, Co. Wexford in its simplicity of the natural setting and the small tree planted on the grave.  In its most simplistic form a natural burial ground is a graveyard where the land has a second use, as a living, developing native Irish woodland and wildflower meadow. Gone are the marble headstones and concrete surrounds that are common place in other Irish burial grounds, replaced instead by a small simple grave marker and the planting of a native Irish tree.


Visitors will be able to walk along the pathways surrounded by nature, spotting wildlife in their newly created habitats. These natural burial grounds will be sacred and natural places where people of all faiths and those without any religion will find a beautiful resting place.

In choosing a natural or green burial you will be creating, conserving and sustaining native Irish woodland. It is a gift that will keep on giving to future generations.

Knockma Woodland Burial Ground, Tuam, Co. Galway set in Celtic mythology, oak is the tree of doors, believed to be a gateway between worlds, welcome to Knockma Woodland Burial Ground. In a tranquil setting, at one with nature. Wonderful place for all to discover somewhere special. This natural woodland burial ground (NWBG) is an alternative to the traditional graveyard. The eco-friendly burial of the NWBG has no headstone, or markings and decorations, simply a spot in a natural area with a natural stone placed at ground level with the name and dates of the buried, if desired. Not everyone chooses to mark their site with a stone but prefer to have a native tree planted. A map is kept of all plots so their final resting place can be identified.

The site name of Knockma is such as it is situated at the base of and in sight of Ireland’s premier burial ground, dating back to the beginning of Ireland.  Two of the three stone cairns at the summit of Knockma are said to be the burial site of Queen Maive the legendary Queen of Connacht and Ceasair.

To discuss our range of cremation and burial options, please get in contact with us today.


Cremation Services Chapel

Cremation Services Chapel

Patrick O'Donovan & Son now provide a Cremation Services Chapel in very relaxed and peaceful setting at our Funeral Home in Sallynoggin. To view the Cremation Services Chapel click on this link:

Types of Services:

There are three kinds of service you can have at the Cremation Services Chapel:

Committal Service:

This is for people who want to have a funeral at their church or place of worship and after the Church Service the coffin is brought to the Cremation Services Chapel where there is a short committal service, similar to what would happen at a cemetery burial.

Full Service Funeral:

You can also choose to have a full service at the Cremation Services Chapel. You can have either a religious or a non-religious service or a mixture of both.

Non-Service Funeral:

You can also choose to have no service at all and the staff at Patrick O'Donovan & Son will proceed straight to the Cremation.

Live Streaming and Recording:

All our services can be lived streamed on our Website and recorded if requested by the family.

What does this mean for the family and their guests:

No waiting or stuck in traffic for approximately 1 hour within our locality to get to the nearest Crematorium and approximately 1 hour to get back to the place of the funeral reception.

Family and guests not getting delayed or separated on route to the Crematorium and possibly missing the service, as with all Crematoriums the Funeral Director has a designated time which must be adhered to with no flexibility, whereas at the Cremation Service Chapel there are no restrictions.

It may also eliminate the possibility of family members or friends travelling from other parts of the country not returning to the funeral reception because of time and distance.

After the Service:

After the service, the coffin is taken to the crematorium building. The body is cremated inside the coffin. The coffin must be made of materials that can be safely burned. It is not necessary for items of jewellery to be removed if you do not wish to, but it will not be possible to retrieve them after cremation. Only one coffin is cremated at a time. The chamber of the cremator is designed to hold one coffin.

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