At McGowan’s Funeral Services, we empathise with your pain of losing a person that is very dear to you. We have designed The Keepsake Card to enable you to keep a lock of hair, a fingerprint or some ash close to you at all times.
Sligo Funeral HomeOur caring and dedicated members of staff are highly trained and exercise discretion and sensitivity at all times. David McGowan, CEO and founder of the company as it is now known, has always been a leader in the profession, constantly seeking out ways of improving the services provided to those who are bereaved, while honouring the dignity of the deceased. Our main ethos is to respect the uniqueness of each deceased person. We endeavour at all times to provide funeral services to suit the needs of the deceased and bereaved alike. We believe in confidentiality when working with deceased persons and with bereaved family and friends.
Funeral plan for your needs
With our experience and knowledge, we are able to advise you on the funeral plan best suited to your needs, and can help you to keep unnecessary costs to a minimum when planning a funeral.
We are familiar with the procedures for Cremation, Post Mortem, and Repatriation, and can help with death registration and applications for death grants. We also provide hygienic treatment, with a focus on being true to how the deceased person liked to appear for special occasions during his/ her lifetime. We maintain high standards within our facilities, with stylish, comfortable rooms, to make all visitors feel at home. Our modern vehicles are of the highest quality, and are maintained to a very high standard. We facilitate memorial services, whether denominational or non-denominational. We understand that families and close friends of the deceased often wish to spend private time in the company of the deceased. We are committed to ensuring that this important time goes undisturbed.
When the time comes to arrange a funeral of a loved one, having complete faith in your chosen Funeral Director to arrange the proceedings in a manner that is respectful to the deceased and the bereaved family is of great benefit in assisting in the initial stages of grief.
We consider the most essential aspect of a Funeral Directors service to a bereaved family is providing them with an opportunity to view their loved one in a manner that is dignified and respectful. In order for this to occur although not a requirement, we would recommend that the deceased is hygienically treated.
As Funeral Directors we can assist you in the registration of the death of a loved one. However, should you wish to do this yourself the following information should assist you. Read more about Death Registration by clicking here.
Pamela McLoughlin I am writing this review on behalf of my family. Our dad Dermot McLoughlin Snr sadly passed recently aged 93. Obviously as for any family this is a very difficult time for anyone to go through. We contacted Foley and McGowan on the morning and they arrived very promptly to be of what help they could to us. Brid was the first to arrive and came and sat and talked with us, not about funeral arrangements or what needed to be done. but instead she listened to us speak about dad, how he passed, his character and his life in general. David her dad arrived very shortly afterwards and did the same. He sat and shared stories he had heard of dad in his hay day and we even had a laugh as well as a cry. We were never rushed with directions on what needed doing and all our questions were answered in a professional manner and with the upmost respect for our circumstances. We each took our turn to say bye while they waited patiently and then they took over to do what was needed. Brid then spoke us through all our wishes and arrangements and took on as much or as little as we requested. she left her number and was truly at the end of the phone for any request we had. I believe they went above and beyond what we needed or asked of them, even things we did not or could not think of ourselves given what we were going through. Even after the funeral Brid arrived with keepsakes we never thought about ourselves and helped me to organize other things weeks after the funeral was over. i would have no hesitation what so ever in recommending these funeral directors to handle a family bereavement as not only did they make us feel listened to, involved, or comforted. they also treated our dad with dignity and the upmost respect he deserved, for that we can never thank them enough. We were never rushed with directions on what needed doing and all our questions were answered in a professional manner and with the upmost respect for our circumstances. We each took our turn to say bye while they waited patiently and then they took over to do what was needed. Brid then spoke us through all our wishes and arrangements and took on as much or as little as we requested. she left her number and was truly at the end of the phone for any request we had. I believe they went above and beyond what we needed or asked of them, even things we did not or could not think of ourselves given what we were going through. Even after the funeral Brid arrived with keepsakes we never thought about ourselves and helped me to organize other things weeks after the funeral was over. I would have no hesitation what so ever in recommending these funeral directors to handle a family bereavement as not only did they make us feel listened to, involved, or comforted. they also treated our dad with dignity and the upmost respect he deserved, for that we can never thank them enough.
David Murtagh Dealing with Foley and McGowan’s funeral directors was a decision my Grandfather would have been very proud of… they were absolutely amazing from the moment we made that dreaded phone call to arrange a funeral.. the respect they had for grandad and my family was something I have never seen before. My family will be forever grateful to David and his team for everything. I would recommend Foley and McGowan to any family when the day comes you unfortunately lose a loved one.
Breda Gill At Christmas 2019 we sadly lost our beloved brother. I cannot recommend Foley & Mc Gowan enough. Anytime is a horrendous time to loose someone you love but at Christmas time it’s very difficult. David and Brid went over and beyond to accommodate us. Sadly John died in Dublin David went out of his way to get John home on Christmas Eve so we could have him with us. David and Brid are so sympathetic and supportive they really took everything into there own hands and relieved us of the heartache in such a sad and difficult time. I would highly recommend Foley & Mc Gowan Funeral directors they are exceptional beyond words.
Lara LenehanWhen my aunt died in London in August of last year it was a shock to all the family. The best call my mum and her family made was to call Foley & McGowan. David and Brid brought them through everything with such genuine compassion and went above and beyond to help bring her body home. Working under Covid restrictions they took care of every small detail and never once, did we as a family feel, as if anything was an issue. We cannot fully express how highly we would recommend this business. Thank you Brid and David, The Brett Family, Rathedmond, Sligo.
Trudy Clarke I would highly recommend Foley and McGowan Funeral Directors. At the most daunting time of your life, its extremely important to have someone you can trust to do everything. From the first phone call Brid was so helpful, patient, an excellent listener and communicator. We had several meetings and phone calls as every step was explained and we were kept in the loop the whole time. A covid wake whilst in unusual times, the team managed a lovely constant flow of people in and out of the funeral home. The term “to leave no stone left unturned” is very fitting. Both David and Brid and the team exceeded out expercations. The style, care and attention given to every aspect of the wake and funeral was impeccable, Thank you all so much for making what was a difficult time a little easier.
Lorraine HarteI cannot recommend Foley & McGowan Funeral Director’s enough for their professionalism courtesy and discreteness while working with us on the passing of our parents on two separate occasions. Our Mother and Father passed within 6 month of each other, on both occasions this professional team were there to help guide us in all off the arrangements from picking out caskets favourite music and floral tribute’s we found no request was to big or to small to ask of them, their attention to details is amazing also encouraging us to include ourselves in the celebration of our parent’s lives, the team they made everything so easy and approachable for us at such and difficult time. I cannot recommend or thank Foley & McGowan highly enough for their professionalism, courtesy and empathy shown to us. Thank You
Maisie Mc ManusMy brother Francis McMorrow died on the 8th of June 2020 suddenly Foley and mc gowns funeral home they looked after my brother like there own they are so kind and so good to everyone I couldn’t praise them enough God bless them x
Ciara DrennanWhen my closest friend Mark died in 2020, his family approached Foley & McGowan to look after Mark and to plan and assist in his burial. The care and compassion that the was shown to Mark, his family and his friends surpassed what was expected in very sad circumstances. I can honestly say I have never experienced the level of compassion that David and Bríd showed us, Marks family and friends. I personally will be forever grateful for their compassion and how beautifully they looked after my friend Mark. Mark was a believer in expressing gratitude so now I say thank you David, Bríd and team for giving us great comfort during a very difficult time.
Ruth FitzgeraldCould not fault the care and attention everyone gave my family over the two days our father, Arthur Wills, was buried. Their care and attention to detail was superb. We never felt rushed at any time despite a very late evening removal to our church. There was even a chair provided for our mother at the graveside on the day of the burial. Not once, did we feel they were simply going through the motions. All staff were professional, respectful and kind. Sincere thanks for this beautiful service at a very difficult time. Ruth Fitzgerald -Canterbury on behalf of Eleanor Wills Ballyholan, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Paddy LawrenceWhen a family is going through one of life’s major traumas, . Foley & McGowan’s Funeral Home..we have to point out the patience and helpfulness of their staff members and the fact that the funeral director took the time to listen to and understand our needs. It’s no wonder why they have a 5-star rating. Thanks you from the Lawrence family..
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