Kieran Bros. was formed in 1954 by brothers Tom and Tony Kieran who came from Magheracloone, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan to set up their business in Kingscourt. For seven decades Tony Kieran has been providing funeral directing services in the town of Kingscourt and surrounding areas.
Over these years Tony has observed much change in funeral service and has adapted the business to meet changing technologies and the ever-changing needs of customers. For example in 1954 before the invention of email and fax all funeral notices for newspapers were given verbally to newspaper staff after waiting in a long queue (over the phone) to speak with one of their agents. Today funeral notices can be sent by email from mobile phones to all relevant newspapers, websites and radio stations simultaneously in a matter of seconds. Funeral directors in the nineteen fifties were expected by their customers to organise a selection of stout, beer and cigarettes for visitors to a “wake house”. Fast forward to 2014 and the practice of serving alcohol at a “traditional” Irish Wake is almost unheard of and instead a funeral director is more likely to now to have to organise gluten-free sandwiches rather than Guinness.
Tony’s son Colm joined the business on a full time basis in 2011 having worked in many aspects of the business from an early age. Colm graduated as a Civil Engineer and in 2003 and has worked in the various types of services industries for over 15 years providing project management services for companies of various sizes, local authorities, and multi nationals. Colm has overseen the construction of the Kieran Bros. Funeral Home in Hall Street, Kingscourt as well as the rebranding of the company to Kieran Bros. Funeral Care.
In 2013 Colm achieved the FETAC Level 5 “Certificate in Funeral Practice” qualification. This course designed & delivered by the Irish Association of Funeral Directors (IAFD) to provide a combination of formal classroom & practical based training to meet the needs of Funeral Directors.
The course is designed to give formal training around the areas of;
- Arranging and Managing Funerals.
- Grief Awareness.
- Health and Safety.
By drawing on best practice standard globally as well as meeting legislative requirements the IAFD education programme is a year long course with rigorous and continuous assessment throughout the term.
Kieran Bros. Funeral Care are members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors (IAFD) and Colm Kieran was appointed to the board of directors of this association in the Spring of 2014. Colm is involved in the education and public relations committees of the IAFD.