Frequently asked Questions
Creating personalized family monuments, memorials and headstones that endure the test of time and become a place to visit for generations to come is something we have been doing for many years.
Based in Cork we pride ourselves on our expertise, customer focus, and our understanding of the importance of our job. Our commitment and dedication to our customers continues to make us one of the most respected commemorative arts companies in Ireland.
Take a look around our website and see what we do.
What kind of stone do you use?
We mainly use Irish limestone, marble and granite for our headstones.
Can I have kerbing with a new headstone?
Yes, providing the cemetery authorities allow it. As most cemeteries in Cork are now lawn cemeteries this might not be possible in some cases.
Can we select a headstone not on your brochure that I have seen in a cemetery?
Yes, we can copy any headstone in any cemetery, we will visit the cemetery where you have seen the stone and then provide you with a quote.
What do I need to know about purchasing a headstone?
The most important thing is to know the rules and regulations of the cemetery, some cemeteries have a height restriction and others do not allow kerbing, we will advise you on this.
How is carving done on a monument?
Etching is usually done by sandblasting the stone from a stencil but we can also carve the stone by hand which is the traditional way of cutting the names.
How long does it take to get a monument finished and installed?
Times vary but pieces can be finished and installed in 4 to 6 weeks. if a stone has to be ordered as a special it could take up to 12 weeks to finish.
How much does a memorial cost?
We would need all the details of what you want, to quote a price. There are extras like photographs, flower boxes, statues and kerbing.
Many of the older monuments in the cemetery are hard to read. Why, and will my monument be this way with time?
It is true that many of the older monuments are hard to read. Most of the older headstones were made from limestone and marble which can get dirty and the letters can fade after repeated cleaning. Nowadays granite is the most popular and this will never change in colour,the colours can vary from black to Bahama blue to silver grey.
Can I drop in to show you what I want?
Yes. You are welcome to discuss your ideas and requirements. Please call first as although we are always on the job, we are not always at the workshop.
Gerald McCarthy Memorials, Unit 4 Jim Power Industrial Estate,
Tramore Road, Cork City, Co. Cork
Tel: 021 4275266, 085 1243176