There’s been a mixed reaction to news that a Donegal funeral director is now offering to hold wakes at a local community centre
Jackie Carron of Ballintra recently came to the novel arrangement with the management committee of St Brigid’s Community Centre.
Some local people are not too happy about the initiative, according to members of one group that uses the centre.
Two of the group’s members, who asked not to be named, said there has been “no consultation” with parishioners.
“Every family in the parish donated IR£100 to the cost of building the centre in 1984,” one woman commented.
“Tradesmen also donated their work to help the project.
“So we feel that everyone should have been given the chance to have their say before something like this was agreed.”
“Our main concern is that the community centre is in use at various stages during the week by a variety of groups,” one man explained.
“We don’t feel it would be appropriate to have a wake going on in one room and an activity going on in another.
“We think it would be very disrespectful to the family of the deceased.”
Fr Seamus Dagens, PP, however, supports the new initiative. He told the Democrat: “I have no say in the running of the hall, but I think it is a good idea. You’re giving people choice and that’s very important. The hall is right next to the church, which is great.
“There’s plenty of parking and it’s very convenient.
“It’s an option for people living in very rural areas, where the roads are bad and cars could be parked half a mile down the road.
“Also, it’s something that could be very useful when, as was the case this week, we have severe weather that would make it very difficult to get to a wake house.”
Mr Carron himself stresses that no wakes would take place in the community centre if there is a function on.
He said: “I would never consider doing anything that could take away from the respect and dignity shown to the deceased and family.”
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