Northern Ireland

High-viz vests for Irish country funerals

High-visibility vests are being distributed to more than 100 churches in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland, to protect people going to country funerals.

The dark evenings make it dangerous for people out to pay their respects at wakes and funerals in the countryside.

Now, the Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam, Mayo County Council, Irish police and undertakers have launched the initiative to ensure their safety.

The churches will make the vests available to undertakers to distribute to volunteers who marshal traffic at funerals on dark country roads.

Tuam archdiocese spokesperson Fr Fintan Monaghan said the Church was "fully behind the campaign. We all need to play our part to make our roads safer."

Funeral undertaker Michael Kilcoyne said: "I would like to commend Mayo County Council for coming up with this idea and to thank them for giving of their time in seeing it through.

"This is a constant concern we have when we are having funeral removals in the countryside, safety is paramount."

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