If you want your loved one ashes stored in Fintan Monahan’s Ennis cathedral it will set you back Euro 1,600 plus vat per loved one.
When full the project will have earned Fintan & Co Euro 384,000 plus vat.
Not bad money for a wall that previously earned nothing for Fintan.
And I can imagine that Fintan will be eying out some more walls in many churches for similiar use.
When the living are abandoning the church the dead will be saving it financially.
If you were a church goer for 50 years and gave Fintan Euro 10 a week you would have given him Euro 26,000 in total.
Then when you die you give him another Euro 1,600 plus vat.
According to unhappy Ennis cathedral parishioners anyone from anywhere with E 1600 can buy an ash patch.
I wonder if there is a time limit on how long your beloved can occupy a niche? Is there a 100 year clause? And if their is, what will happen to the ashes after that 100 years?
In Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin yiu can now buy “pre used graves”.
Will the ashes be sent to Tuam to be buried in a septic tank?
And will your niche be rented out to a 22 nd century family?
Some churches in other places have built columbariums in the church floor – meaning that you can stash thousands of ash urbs all over the floor area?
And what will happen when many Irish churches and cathedrals become bingo halls, night clubs and pubs?
Will we have night clubs and pubs named: “The Ashes”, ” The Niches”, “The Crem”, ” The Bishops Bones” etc.
What do readers make of Fintan’s new moneymaker?
PAT AND NERO 1998