Fitz-Gerald’s Funeral Directors, established in 1824. Nearly 200 years of our family caring for yours. Service is our history.
Con "Knocky" Cronin
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The Fitz-Gerald family has been involved in some form in the profession of funeral directing or undertaking, in mid-cork, since 1824, when the family moved to Macroom from the Kilmurry/Lissarda area. Fitz-Gerald’s are now in our eighth generation. It is a profession passed down to Martin, who in turn has had the honour of passing this profession onto his son Bill. Through the generations, Fitz-Gerald’s have seen the meaning of what undertakers do change - from something done for the deceased, to something done for the living, by the living. Our team is both organised & experienced, focused on one simple belief - "dignity in all matters".
Fitz-Gerald’s have always looked to evolve and develop their service in tandem with the needs of the community. Examples from our own story include one of Ireland’s first female funeral directors, Martin Fitz-Gerald’s Grandmother, Mary Holland, from Greenville, Kilmichael wife of John Martin Fitz-Gerald, who then passed the profession onto their son Dan Martin Fitz-Gerald and his wife Lilly (nee O’Dwyer, Peake, Coachford).
Martin and his late wife Margaret (nee Lynch, South Square, Macroom) oversaw the construction of the first funeral home on a green field site in Ireland in 1968. Bill Fitz-Gerald has continued to observe the huge sense of family tradition, yet evolving the service provision to meet the community’s expectations in the 21st century. In 2020, Bill’s wife Mary (neé Barrett), originally from Donoughmore joined our team of funeral directors.
On this webpage are some historical photographs of our story, along with pictures & impressions of family members for more than 200 years, including Martin’s Grandfather John. Amongst those who had a huge influence upon Martin was Con "knocky" Cronin, and although deceased is still remembered.