Man laid to rest after 3-month delay

A DEAD MAN whose remains travelled over and back between London and Ireland in the back of a 4x4 for three months will finally find a resting place today in his native Waterford.

The embalmed remains of James Mulcahy, originally from Waterford city but living in London in recent years, have been in transit since he died on August 2 last.

However, he will today be granted his wish to be buried in his native city.

It is understood that his son, William, was unable to come to an agreement with undertakers in Waterford since the death, and that the deceased spent much of the intervening time in a casket in the back of a 4x4.

However, arrangements were finally made on Sunday evening with Dungarvan-based Kiely funeral directors.

After spending yesterday in Kiely’s funeral home, James Mulcahy was removed to Ballybricken church in Waterford city yesterday evening. He will be buried today in St Otteran’s Cemetery following requiem Mass at 10am.

The deceased was originally from the Ballybricken area of the city.

In recent weeks, gardaí in Waterford heard reports about the body of Mr Mulcahy being transported from England to Ireland in a 4x4, but were satisfied everything was in order when the deceased’s son was able to produce a death certificate from London and all of the necessary documentation from a coroner.

If the documents were not in order, a postmortem might have been necessary in Waterford before the funeral could go ahead.

“It’s very unusual,” said a Garda source. “But it was all about where he wanted to bury his father.”

The deceased still has some relatives living in Waterford, and others in the Rathfarnham area of Dublin.

Funeral director David Kiely said he hadn’t come across a similar situation before, where it took three months before a dead person could be buried.

“The important thing from our point of view is that he’s going to be given a dignified funeral,” said Mr Kiely.

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