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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Can't make the service? Then FuneralsLive will stream it online for you

Former builder turned video producer tapping into diaspora

Published 20/03/2014 | 09:12

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Alan Foudy, Funeralslive

A few years ago, Alan Foudy was installing patios and swimming pools in the homes of the well-heeled.

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As he says himself, when the construction industry collapsed the luxury end of the market was the first to go so he turned to video to establish a new business and is now tapping into the diaspora with his FuneralsLive.ie business.

Now, mourners who are unable to pay their last respects in person can now attend a “virtual funeral” online.

His firm, which is in the process of hiring ten new staff,  offers a live stream of the funeral that can be viewed simultaneously using a private weblink.

The married father of three started off filming GAA matches as a cottage industry and was contacted last November by an Irish woman living in America who asked if he could film her father’s funeral which she was unable to attend.

The idea took off from there, and Clare-based Foudy believes there is a vibrant market for virtual funerals.

He believes emigrants who would otherwise not be able to attend the funeral of a loved one back home would be interested

in the service.

“Wherever in the world our client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, this service provides them with a private weblink to a live

stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, within two hours of its conclusion,” he said.

While he concedes that he has had a “few strange looks” from mourners since he began the service, once they understand what he is doing they have no objections, he said.

The service starts at €350 for a church service and burial.

That, says Mr Foudy, is a fraction of the cost for someone who would be looking at thousands of euro for a last-minute flight home from abroad to attend a loved one’s funeral.

 

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