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This is how much funerals cost in different parts of Ireland

It’s an expensive business.

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THE AVERAGE COST of a funeral is €4,062 but costs vary greatly in different parts of the country, according to new research.

New research carried out by Post Insurance has estimated the various costs incurred when families lose a loved one.

It found that the highest average costs were €5,000 in counties Sligo and Clare while the lowest of €3,408 was recorded for Co Wexford.

The highest price quoted to researchers for a standard funeral was €6,310 in Co Tipperary

These costings include paying for funeral directors, removals and a coffin but exclude church offerings and the cost of burial plots.

The survey outlined the vast differences between the cost of plots in different cemeteries, even in the same county.

The highest cost quoted for a double plot in a graveyard was in Deansgrange in Dublin where the price was €32,000. The same sized plot in Shanganagh Cemetery near Shankill was €5,600.

In terms of cremation, the survey found that it was most expensive in Cork at €770, behind Dublin at €682 with the lowest cost in Galway at €527.


The cost of coffins varies greatly based on the choice made by a family of course, but the Post Insurance survey estimates average cost based on a “standard coffin”.

The research found that a standard coffin is most affordable in Waterford at €1,177 and most expensive in Kerry and Laois where it cost €2,000.

The costs of coffins in Dublin and Cork was found to be rates of €1,750 and €1,399 respectively.

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Rónán Duffy

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