| (The shipment of a deceased person from
Ireland back to their Country of origin for burial or
What to do when a visitor/non-national dies, often
unexpectedly, in Galway, or any part of Ireland.
Unless a doctor has been in attendance prior to the
death, and thus, is in a position to issue the Medical
Certificate of the Cause of Death the deceased person
becomes the responsibility of the Coroner for the
area (e.g. Galway County).
Who should be contacted first?
In the case of an unexpected death, the Garda Siochana
must be alerted immediately. They will then advise
the coroner who will arrange for the deceased body
to be removed from the place of death to a mortuary
The coroner will instruct a pathologist to conduct
a medical examination (post-mortem) to determine the
cause of death. Following this procedure, with the
Coroner's permission, the deceased body will be released
to the Funeral Director, on behalf of the family.
Who will arrange the shipment of the deceased body
back to the country of origin?
The Funeral Director will then co-ordinate the appropriate
documentation with the coroner and the relevant Embassy
of the Country of destination.
The Funeral Director will arrange for the embalming
of the body of the deceased. This will enable family
at home to view the deceased when returned to that