One of Ireland’s oldest businesses. Serving families with compassion, dignity and professionalism since 1786

We’ll take care of everything…

Here at R. Thompson, we dedicate ourselves to providing all the support and guidance families will need during the most difficult of times.

Whatever is needed, we are here to provide personal advice and service with the utmost sensitivity, compassion and respect. With our long-established relationships with religious or secular celebrants and related service providers, we will handle all the logistics and arrangements in keeping with the wishes of the family. We remain at your disposal throughout the entire process and beyond in whatever capacity we may be of assistance. If you need anything at any time, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the team.


In keeping with your wishes and with the utmost sensitivity, we’ll arrange every aspect of the funeral including celebrant, venue, music, flowers and all transport.


We will deal with all the logistics and paperwork needed leaving the space you to focus on celebrating the life of your loved one.


We’re there for you through the process and provide all the important information you’ll need, leaving you free to care for your family.


Call +353 (0)51 874 159 (24hrs) to speak to one of our compassionate team who will guide you through the first steps and make the important arrangements for you.

Our History

Serving Waterford and the South East since the 18th Century, R. Thompson is one of Ireland’s oldest businesses.

Built on on a reputation of personal, sensitive and dignified service, the business has been in the Thompson Family since Robert Thompson took over the Barrack Street premises in 1786 following the death of his father-in-law, Patrick Harrington. Current proprietor, John is the Great, Great Grandson of Robert Thompson.

A long association with Waterford’s best known religious order

Situated adjacent to the home of the Christian Brothers, the business has a long association with the order, having conducted the funeral for its founder, Edmund, Ignatius Rice.

The funeral arrangements of Edmund Ignatius Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers were made by Mr. Harrington, 19 Barrack Street at this own expense. Firstly as a tribute to Brother Rice and secondly because he feared the monks may not have the money to cover the expense.

Quotation from “A Tree is Planted – The Life & Times of Edmund Rice” by M.C. Normoyle, (Statement of Alderman T Lynch, Mayor of Waterford, 23rd June 1949

Contact Us

We’ll take care of the arrangements allowing you to focus on your family.

We offer 24 hour support for the recently bereaved. If you need immediate help, support or advice, please don’t hesitate to call us on +353 (0)51 874 159

    My family had the pleasure to meet John Thompson with Martina arranging my mothers  funeral.  It was not a sad occasion and they made the arranging so easy.  Memories were brought up, jokes were told, it was so comfortable, they were like old friends.. Thank you for all the kindness and ease you made us

    Edith Crowley

    I would like to thank Martina,  Michael Thompson and all his team, my mother looked like she did before she was sick.  It made is so happy, grateful and gave us joyful memories of her.

    Susan Roche

    Amazing people for amazing work.. From start to finish, would not deal with any other undertaker.

    Gillian and Claire

    Thank you, Michael and his team was very, very nice and understanding. He worked with us, with everything we needed or questioned. He made this time of sorrow go smooth.

    Trish and Mary W

    Michael, John, Martena, Jim, Noel and John Flynn.  Thank you for all of the advice and direction you were able to give my family and myself when organizing all the funeral arrangements. From start to finish we did not have to worry about anything, you covered everything and done all with the most professional manner


    Words cannot express how I feel about Thompsons Funeral Home, First class, expertise, compassion and the ability to make you feel at ease at a terrible and tragic time in our life.  Michael and Martina could not have done enough, any time of the day or night. From talking to the repatriation company and getting

    A Parent

    On behalf of my entire family, we would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for arranging for our father’s final journey home. You consistently insured that all details were addressed and solved every challenge that arose. At a time of great stress, you relieved us of those heavy burdens. We cannot thank you Michael

    Walsh Family, Waterford

    We would like to thank all the staff of Thompsons Funeral Home for their professionalism, kindness and help you provided to the family.

    Rita & Family

    Thank you Thompsons Funeral Directors for their sensitive  and professional handing of all our arrangements. It was very much appreciated.

    Warren & Family

    Michael, I would like to thank you and your team for your care, compassion and respect that you have shown us during our recent bereavement .  We appreciate all you have done for us.

    Margaret B and family

    To:  Thompsons Funeral Directors, we thank you for your professionalism.

    Seamus and his family

    we would like to thank Thompsons Funeral Directors for their guidance, support and professionalism.

    Joanne and family