35 Church Street
Warrenpoint, County Down
Tel: 028 4175 2228 | Fax: 028 4175 2007
For almost 200 years, our Family (the McAnulty’s) have been caring for bereaved families in the Warrenpoint and surrounding areas. We have always prided ourselves in the dignified care of the dead and attention to detail while maintaining confidentiality and old traditions in relation to the funeral arrangements in a discreet and quiet way.
For many years we have been members of the IAFD (Irish Association of Funeral Directors) and the RIPH (Royal Institute of Public Health) and strictly adhere to the Codes of Conduct, regulations and guidelines created by these organisations. Our Membership of these groups gives us access to a worldwide network of Funeral Directors, Embalmers and Mortuary Technicians.
Our premises are situated on Church Street in the Town of Warrenpoint, allowing easy access for visiting the Funeral Home for viewing and removals.
Charles McAnulty first carried out Funerals in Warrenpoint as far back as 1810 but he did not print Invoices until 1819. In addition to the Funeral Undertaking, as it was known then, his business consisted of a Blacksmith’s Forge and a Posting Establishment (a place where Visitors horses where stabled and cared for during their stay). He also had Horse Drawn Cars for hire (The prelude to Taxis).
After his death his son Patrick became the proprietor and when he died his daughter Rose became the Owner and Manager. In 1881 she married Terence McAnulty (no relation), he had a similar business in Rostrevor. Both firms were amalgamated and operated as one establishment. Even after her husband died Rose continued to operate the business until her death in 1912 when her son Hugh became the proprietor.
Hugh made many changes in the firm. He brought it from the Horse Drawn era into the modern age of Motor Vehicles. He offered the first Funeral Parlour in the area and even produced company Mass Cards for the dead. He also established the Yellow Line Bus Company. Although he knew the importance of moving with the times he still valued the old local customs and traditions that surrounded Funerals and was careful to preserve them in a changing world. His black Frock Coat which he wore conducting funerals was made in Caulfield Tailors, Warrenpoint in 1932 and is kept safe and can be viewed at the premises. The Top Hat that he wore while at the Funerals was also worn by his son and grandson and is now preserved at the premises.
Hugh’s son Terence took over the running of the business on the death of his father in 1947 and after his sudden death in 1973 his widow Mairead became Owner and Manager of this old establishment. Mairead continues to operate the business today with the help of her sons Hugh and Cathal and her grandson Declan McAnulty now the 7th generation of the McAnulty Family to diligently serve the community.