I perform a selection of heart-felt songs and instrumentals, accompanying myself with the choice of piano or harp, in Limerick City, County, and surrounding areas.

I appreciate that notice is typically short when organizing a funeral mass, so I do what I can to offer support for music planning during this time – whether that means selecting some beautiful hymns for you, or working with your own requests at short notice.

I can also play an mp3 recording of any song through my sound system, should there be a particular version of a song that is significant to the family or loved one. 

Below is an outline for Catholic funeral mass music, and I am also available for humanist and other non-religious funerals and memorials.

Choosing approximately six hymns & two instrumentals is enough to complete the funeral mass music, but you can have more music if you wish. The following is a selection of hymns, secular songs, and instrumentals, grouped into suggestions for each part of the mass, to make it as easy as possible to choose appropriate music:

Entrance Music / Opening Hymn

Amazing Grace

Christ Be Beside Me

Be Thou My Vision

Bi Iosa Im Croise

Here I Am, Lord

Morning Has Broken

Queen of the May

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Traditional)

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Celtic Expressions)

You Are Mine

Responsorial Psalm

Be Thou My Vision

Hiding Place

I Found The Treasure

Mo Ghrá Thú

On Eagle’s Wings

The Clouds Veil

Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia)

Seinn Alleluia

Or, follow this link to find 5 Alleluias https://soundcloud.com/claireheffernan-com/5-alleluias


A Mhuire Mhatháir

Ag Criost an Siol

Amazing Grace

As I Kneel Before You

Be Still For The Presence of the Lord 

Jesus, Remember Me

Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)

There Is A Place

Sign of Peace

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

May The Peace Of The Lord Be With You

An Irish air (various)

Communion (Usually 2-3 songs)

Amazing Grace

Angel (In the Arms of an Angel)

As I Kneel Before You

Ave Maria (Schubert)

Be Not Afraid

Be Still My Soul

Bright Blue Rose

Here I Am, Lord

I Watch The Sunrise

Nella Fantasia

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

The Clouds Veil

The Deer’s Cry (I Arise Today)

The Prayer

The Rose

The Voyage

The Water Is Wide

You Are Mine

You Raise Me Up

Background instrumental music options the for blessing of the coffin and/or congregation sympathising with the family

An Irish air (various)

Instrumental versions of hymns

I Giorni

The Rivers Flows In You 

Recessional (sang or instrumental)

Abide With Me

Amazing Grace

Angel (In the Arms of an Angel)

Bring Him Home – instrumental

Come Away With Me (Nora Jones)

Everglow (Coldplay) – instrumental 

Fields of Gold

Gabriel’s Oboe  

Going Home

Here Comes The Sun

How Great Thou Art


In My Life

May It Be (Enya)

May The Road Rise To Meet You

Nearer My God To Thee

Nella Fantasia

Queen of the May


Steal Away 

The Voyage

Time To Say Goodbye

Wind Beneath My Wings

You Raise Me Up

Other Hymns (the following are available with piano only)

Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)

Panis Angelicus