Declan Finnegan became a funeral director in 1988 when he took over from his Uncle Joe who had been running the Finnegan funeral business since 1938. Declan immediately set out to improve and modernise the business with the intention of providing the best service possible. With this in mind, he started training to be an embalmer, qualifying in 1993, making him the first qualified embalmer in County Cavan and the surrounding areas.
In the meantime, Declan along with his wife Teresa had purchased a small shop and garage, which they proceeded to develop into a large and successful service station, supermarket and toyshop, thereby gaining them invaluable experience in the business world.
In 2001, they purchased the former Baptist Church which they refurbished as a Funeral Home as a base for the rapidly expanding Funeral business. At this time, Declan also ventured further into the Memorials business.
In 2007, Declan and Teresa sold their shop in order to focus more fully on the Funeral business.
In 2010, Declan completed a course with the In-sight Institute in New Jersey, U.S.A., to become a qualified Celebrant of Civil Funerals in order to provide a service to all, both religious and non-religious.
Most recently, Declan set about extending the Funeral Home and building a Crematorium, the first Crematorium in Ireland located outside of a major city.
Declan is a member of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America. He is also a founding member of the Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland, a former National Executive Member of the British Institute of Embalmers and a former President of the Irish Division of the British Institute of Embalmers.
Declan is dedicated to ensuring that Finnegan’s Funeral Home and Lakelands Crematorium maintain the highest level of professionalism possible and that everyone who comes through our doors is treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Having first worked funeral service’s from the late 1970’s he joined the health service as Supports Services Manager with responsibility to include mortuary services and family bereavements. While in this role he was part of a working group on Death Dying and Bereavement and they received an award from the Irish Hospice Foundation for the improvement of standards for the dying and their families. He joined Finnegan’s Funeral Services in 2009 and prides himself on the standard of service and support he gives to families at a time that can be of great upset and stress for them.
He is a member of the Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland
Shane has worked in the business from a very young age alongside his father Declan. He now celebrates over 10 years in the business.