In Ireland, a country with a history steeped in ties to the Catholic Church, we’ve generally become more accustomed to the dust to dust part of saying farewell to loved ones. Burial remains the most common way of laying the deceased to rest nationwide, but in Dublin, things are a little bit different. With only four places in the entire country where the dead can be cremated, the Glasnevin Trust, overseers of five cemeteries and two crematoria, now says that more than half of its funeral activities are devoted to cremation.
The trust is responsible for cremation facilities at Glasnevin and Newland’s Cross, and demand has grown so sharply in the 34 years since Ireland’s first crematorium opened in Glasnevin – so much so that the trust is building a third crematorium in Dardistown, near Santry.
“In 1982, I think we carried out about 110 cremations in the whole year,” George McCullough, chief executive of the Glasnevin Trust, told Newstalk reporter Andrea Gilligan, who paid a visit to learn more about the process. “This year we will probably carry out 1200 to 1300 cremations at Glasnevin. Cremation is now accounting for 51 or 52% of all the deaths that happen and burials that take place here.”
"There was a bit of fear about it, people didn’t know about it..."
McCollough, having looked at how cremation has grown in popularity not only in Ireland but all over the world, now expects that the number will go as high as 70%, turning the tables of the traditions we have of parting ways with our deceased. The change in attitude didn’t happen overnight, as a lot of misconceptions existed about what actually happens when a body is cremated.
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