Cremation is an alternative to burial when someone dies. All Christian denominations and most other religious sects around the world permit cremation. Some religions (for example, Orthodox Judaism and Islam) do not.
There are four crematoria located in Dublin.

Should you wish to arrange a cremation in Dublin, contact Corrigan & Sons Funeral Directors who will ensure that the statutory (or 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.

There may be difficulties arranging an immediate cremation if the cause of death is unclear. A coroner may complete a Coroner’s Cremation Certificate which will allow the cremation to go ahead.


Similar to burials, one may hold an appropriate service in your local church or place of worship. The coffin is then transferred to the service room in the crematorium grounds, where a short committal service takes place (similar to that at the graveside). The mourners take their seats in the service room. The coffin is then brought in and the service begins. At the end of the service, the mourners leave, the coffin is placed in the cremator.

The form of the service depends on the life code or wishes of the Deceased.

At the Crematorium

After the committal service the coffin is taken from the committal room to the crematorium building. The body and coffin are cremated as one. Crematorium regulations require that only combustible materials are used in the manufacture of coffins for use in cremation. The Code of Cremation Practice requires that the coffin is placed in the cremator in exactly the same condition as that in which it arrived at the crematorium.

Only one coffin is cremated at a time. The ashes of each individual are collected after their cremation.

The Ashes

The ashes are usually available shortly after the cremation. You can make arrangements through Corrigan & Sons or the crematorium for the remains to be buried in the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance or placed in a niche in a Columbarium Wall if there is one. (A columbarium wall is a structure containing small spaces where you can place cremated remains in urns, etc.).

Alternatively, the ashes can be collected in an urn. You can then bury the remains in the family grave or disperse them. If the dispersal is not on private ground, permission should be obtained from the appropriate authority, for example, the local authority.