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Sunday 11 December 2016

Don't worry about cost of living - here are the most expensive counties in which to be buried

Published 20/10/2016 | 02:30

The entrance to Deansgrange Cemetery
The entrance to Deansgrange Cemetery

It costs more to get buried in Tipperary than in the rest of the country, with Sligo and Clare also expensive.

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The national average cost of a funeral is just over €4,000, while the cost of burial plots can differ hugely.

But a double plot in Deansgrange in Dublin costs a staggering €32,000, according to a survey commissioned by An Post Insurance.

Where you live determines the likely cost of your death and burial, according to the researchers.

The €4,000 cost for a funeral covers the cost of removal and care of the deceased, embalming, removal to the church or cemetery, a hearse, funeral director's fee and a coffin.

However, the average cost does not include extras such as a church offering, a donation for the priest, music and an obituary notice.

Co Tipperary was found to have the highest cost for a standard funeral at €6,310.

It costs €5,000 in Clare and Sligo.

The lowest cost was recorded in Co Wexford, where the Post Insurance surveyors were quoted a fee of €3,400.

But some graveyards are much sought after as final resting places for loved ones.

A nationwide high of €32,000 was quoted for a double plot at a graveyard in Deansgrange, south Dublin.

Deansgrange is one of the largest cemeteries in the capital.

Since it opened in 1865, more than 150,000 people have been buried there.

In contrast, a double plot in Shanganagh, near Shankhill in Dublin, cost €5,600.

The difference between Deansgrange and Shanganagh reflects huge geographic differences in prices, the surveyors said.

For a single plot it costs €8,000 in Kilternan, in Dublin, and €3,100 in Dardistown, near Dublin Airport.

Fingal Cemetery at Balgriffin, Dublin, has a price of €1,900 for a plot, according to the survey.

The survey does not include Glasnevin, but the trust that operates the cemetery advertises graves for €2,100 on its website.

Post Insurance commissioned the research from Marketing Partners to highlight its Over 50s Funeral plan, which costs from €15 a month.

Post Insurance is owned by An Post.

The survey found the cost of a coffin can make a difference to the final funeral bill. The cost of coffins can differ significantly.

What's described as a standard coffin is most affordable in Waterford at €1,177, and most expensive in Kerry and Laois, each costing €2,000.

Dublin and Cork reported rates of €1,750 and €1,399 respectively.

In addition to a standard funeral, there are additional costs, some of which unavoidable fees, Post Insurance said.

These so-called disbursements include costs for everything from a church offering, and contributions to the priest, sacristan, singer, organist, and florist.

Other costs include paying for an obituary notice, GP fees and a coroner's fee.

Laois at €1,440, Galway at €1,242 and Dublin at €1,177 were the top three most expensive locations for disbursements.

Kerry and Limerick were the least expensive at a cost of €470 in the Kingdom and €573 in Limerick.

Commenting on the findings, financial adviser John Lowe said the costs of dying in Ireland are many and varied.

He said that people can avoid financial heartache by planning ahead for burial costs.

"A simple bit of financial planning now can avoid additional heartache for family and loved ones also having to cope with the extra burden of burial costs," he said.

Irish Independent

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