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Ireland Remembers: Virtual memorial wall for loved ones

RTÉ is working with funeral directors around the country to curate a website that will allow families to pay tribute to and remember loved ones who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The virtual memorial wall will be supported by special memorial segments on RTÉ One television and RTÉ Radio One.

Head of RTÉ Radio One Tom McGuire said the idea’s origin is the value that Irish society and culture places on the ritual of funerals.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Mr McGuire said family and friends will be able to submit a picture of their loved one and a caption with their name and address, which can then be accessed online.

“To imagine this at best would be to take you to Liberty Island, where we look at the name of emigrants to the United States.

“We will be able to click on the name of the deceased loved one open up their picture and caption, a little virtual shrine where you can light a candle in memory of the loved one. It will give society a chance to remember at a time when as a community we haven’t been able to come together,” he said.

This is an all-island project, Mr McGuire said, and contributions will also be welcome from families who have lost members to Covid-19 abroad.

He said there will be small moments during the day when presenters on RTÉ television and radio “will recite the names of some of the loved ones who have passed.”

You can visit the Virtual Memorial Wall Here

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