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Burial at Sea

From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Burial at sea is permitted by Irish law.

A set of voluntary guidelines have been published for those considering a burial at sea. These guidelines are based on previous experience and seek to prevent distressing situations such as where a body is returned to shore. The guidelines recommend that cremation and the scattering of the ashes at sea be considered, rather than burial.

Where this is not acceptable, it is recommended that the burial take place in waters at least 50 miles from the nearest coast with a depth of at least 200 metres. The guidelines also give recommendations on how the body should be prepared and on the design of the coffin.

For further information, please email maritimesafetypolicydivision@dttas.gov.ie .

Burial at Sea Guidelines

Guidelines issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in January 2020.


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