Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 6th September

Numbers attending funerals

From Monday 6th September 2021, all funeral venues (including churches, crematoria and other venues) can accommodate 50% of their usual capacity – this will, obviously, vary depending on the venue and our funeral directors will confirm exact capacities with the venues.


Reposings/Wakes

The 50% capacity rule also applies to funeral homes/chapels of repose. However, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors is advising its members to take a cautious approach to the re-introduction of public wakes at their premises. From a practical point of view, it may be difficult to manage the numbers attending a funeral home and to prevent an unsafe situation from developing. Families should consider continuing with private reposings for family only or by family invitation instead.

The following safety guidelines should continue to be followed;

  • Mask-wearing in all indoor settings
  • Physical distancing
  • No hand-shaking
  • No condolence books
  • Provision of hand sanitiser
  • Use of directional and safety signage
  • One-way systems in funeral homes where possible
  • Regular hand-washing, coughing & sneezing etiquette and surface sanitising

Mary Cunniffe on The Let’s Get Social Show Podcast

Please see the link below for Mary Cunniffe’s engaging interview on the Let’s get Social radio show on 93.9FM last week. It’s about how Funeral Directors approach their jobs using social media all based around a good chat about the business.

About the Episode:

Having a good online presence is key, especially when it comes to being found locally and beyond. One industry that has made strides with this is the funeral industry, which has embraced the importance of having well-designed websites and active social media channels.

In this episode, we chat with Mary Cunniffe former President of The Irish Association of Funeral Directors and now Branch Manager of Massey Brothers Funeral Directors, and Colm Kiernan who is Funeral Care and Communications Consultant at Funeral Director Solutions Ireland’s Specialist Web Design and Digital Marketing Service for Funeral Directors. He is also General Manager at Kieran Brothers Funeral Care and has been Public Relations Officer for The Irish Association of Funeral Directors.

If you are intrigued as to how this traditional industry is changing with the times tune in.

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Finglas Memories – Through our eyes – The Local News

Finglas Man Tom Bruen started Finglas Memories Facebook page in 2017. A Finglas man now living with his family in Australia, set up the page to encourage Finglas people to record their memories, share photos and relive their childhood. Indeed a successful by-product of the page has been its ability to reconnect old friends, lovers and even relations. Earlier this year Tom set about putting as many of these memories in a book which has been released just a short while ago.

The book has become like gold dust, with probably Massey Bros Funeral Home being the only place I could get a copy. It is a wonderful collection of memories with an introduction by Brendan O’Carroll, entries by famous footballer Ronnie Whelan, author George Fitzgerald, and Michael Doyle. But it is not about important people in our community. It is by and about locals from Finglas, some have left the area, many still live here, but all have great memories of growing up in Finglas throughout the years.

Read the Full Article in The Local News (PDF)

Traditions firmly rooted in the Family Tree – Massey Bros. in the Southside People

Massey Bros. Funeral Directors has long been established as one of Dublin’s leading family run companies. The roots of the business were firmly planted on Dublin’s Thomas Street in the heart of the Liberties by Cissy Massey Maguire and her brothers, in the 1930’s. She was a formidable, strong lady who pushed the boundaries for women in business, long before her time.

Read the full article in the Southside People (PDF)

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 10th May.

  • Unfortunately, it is still not possible to have a large funeral as we still navigate the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We understand how difficult this is for you the families we serve but the safety of everyone is our priority. We must play our part in the strict adherence to these instructions.
  • Only immediate family and close friends should attend the funeral.
  • No more than 50 people are permitted to attend the funeral service or be present at the graveside. Numbers allowed in Crematoria vary, your Funeral Arranger will be able to advise on exact numbers.
  • The numbers who may attend gatherings in our funeral homes is limited at this time. Again, your Funeral Arranger can advise you on the numbers as it depends on the size of the funeral home.
  • Face masks must be worn when entering our funeral homes. It is also recommended that they are worn in churches and crematoriums. When visiting our funeral homes for your safety, we ask that you provide your contact details for the benefit of track and trace.
  • Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.
  • Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must be avoided.
  • Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements can not attend funerals.
  • Many of our churches have implemented streaming services so that family and friends can view the service from home. Please ask your Funeral arranger for details.
  • We encourage the wider family and friends of loved ones who have passed, to leave a message of condolence on our website www.masseybros/funeral-notices/

It is essential for the safety of everyone that we act wisely and adhere to these clear instructions from our Government.

From us all at Massey Bros we would like to sincerely thank you for your co-operation during these difficult times. #Staysafe

 

Level 5 – Covid Update

Based on guidance issued from The Government, The HSE, The Churches of Dublin, Cemeteries and Crematoria, we as Funeral Directors must follow the advice given on all funeral services. These are as follows:

  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to have a large funeral during the Coronavirus pandemic. We understand how difficult this is for you the families we serve but the safety of everyone is our priority. We must play our part in the strict adherence to these instructions.
  • Only immediate family and close friends can attend the funeral.
  • No more than 10 people are permitted to attend the funeral service or be present at the graveside. Numbers allowed in Crematoria vary, your Funeral Arranger will be able to advise on exact numbers.
  • The numbers who may attend gatherings in our funeral homes is limited at this time. Again, your Funeral Arranger can advise you on the numbers as it depends on the size of the funeral home.
  • Face masks must be worn when entering our funeral homes. It is also recommended that they are worn in churches and crematoriums. When visiting our funeral homes for your safety, we ask that you provide your contact details for the benefit of track and trace.
  • Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.
  • Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must be avoided.
  • Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements can not attend funerals.
  • Many of our churches have implemented streaming services so that family and friends can view the service from home. Please ask your Funeral arranger for details.
  • We encourage the wider family and friends of loved ones who have passed, to leave a message of condolence on our website www.masseybros/funeral-notices/

It is critical for us all that we act wisely and adhere to these clear instructions from our Government.

From all of us at Massey Bros we would like to sincerely thank you for your co-operation as we navigate our way through these difficult times. #Staysafe

Watch Back – Oh Holy Night & Ave Maria

Thinking of all the people we have met this year, especially at this Christmas time. Sending our heartfelt wishes from all of us at Massey Bros.

Ave Maria and Oh Holy night were two highlights of our remembrance service, so we have attached them below.

Wishing all a safe and peaceful Christmas.

Watch rendition of Ave Maria

Watch rendition of Oh Holy Night

A special online Christmas evening of music, remembrance and prayer

In lieu of our annual ceremony in John’s Lane Church, Massey Bros. would like to invite you and your family to a special online Christmas evening of music, remembrance and prayer.


Sunday 29th November 2020
at 7pm


Featuring special music and song from celebrated singers Barbara Galvin Sheridan, Simon Morgan & Eoin Hynes


Please visit THE LINK BELOW at 7pm to view the service:

www.memoriallane.ie/masseybros

Phase 3 Re-opening – Guidelines for Funeral Directors

As part of the guidance for phase 3 re-opening, The Irish Government, The HSE, The Churches of Dublin, Cemeteries and Crematoria, have all issued very clear instructions to Funeral Directors regarding all funeral services. These are as follows:

Unfortunately, it is still not possible to have a large funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. We understand this is extremely difficult for the families that we serve. However safety for you and our staff is our primary concern.

Unfortunately, Coronavirus is still active in our community and we all must do our part in order to contain the pandemic by adhering to the guidelines laid out by the HSE and our government.

Only immediate family and close friends should attend the funeral. Although there has been an increase in numbers allowed, in order to adhere to social distancing in our premises we may not be in a position to permit that amount.

Gatherings in our funeral homes will still be limited and monitored by our staff in order to keep everyone at a safe distance.

Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.

Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must still be avoided.

Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements should not attend funerals.

The wider family and friends of the deceased are encouraged to leave messages of condolences on Massey Bros website which we will forward on to the family on your behalf – please click here.

We ask that you continue to use hand sanitizer provided and to use a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Our staff will do the same.

It is critical for us all that we act wisely and that we implement these clear instructions from our Government. We will continue to keep you informed as we are made aware of new protocols as they arise. We thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.

If you need any further clarification please contact our head office directly on 01 453 33 33.

We are all in this together, let’s continue to keep each other safe.

Massey Bros family and staff.

 

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 6th September.


Numbers attending funerals

From Monday 6th September 2021, all funeral venues (including churches, crematoria and other venues) can accommodate 50% of their usual capacity – this will, obviously, vary depending on the venue and our funeral directors will confirm exact capacities with the venues.

Reposings/Wakes

The 50% capacity rule also applies to funeral homes/chapels of repose. However, Irish Association of Funeral Directors is advising its members to take a cautious approach to the re-introduction of public wakes at their premises. From a practical point of view, it may be difficult to manage the numbers attending a funeral home and to prevent an unsafe situation from developing. Families should consider continuing with private reposings for family only or by family invitation instead.

The following safety guidelines should continue to be followed;

  • Mask-wearing in all indoor settings
  • Physical distancing
  • No hand-shaking
  • No condolence books
  • Provision of hand sanitiser
  • Use of directional and safety signage
  • One-way systems in funeral homes where possible
  • Regular hand-washing, coughing & sneezing etiquette and surface sanitising