Locals expressed concern after more than 100 people attended the funeral of two brothers whose cortège included horse-drawn carriages and an honour guard of mourners.
John and Michael Cash had their Requiem Mass celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection at Farranree in Cork – with more than 10 times the number of mourners in attendance than is recommended under the Government’s Covid-19 control guidelines.
Both brothers, who were aged in their 20s or 30s, died in tragic circumstances.
Local residents voiced concerns over the social distancing issues involved. One said that he noted a number of people attending who were clearly not from the Cork area and had travelled farther than 5km.
“I counted licence plates from at least nine counties on cars parked around the church,” he said. UK licence plates were also noted on some cars parked locally.
Gardaí said they liaised with the family before the funeral and outlined all guidelines surrounding such arrangements. The family had asked mourners to respect the guidelines.
Gardaí said no incidents of note were reported or under investigation.
The brothers were later buried at St Catherine’s Cemetery in Kilcully.