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 My Harrington, 19 Barrack Street at this own expense. Firstly as a tribute to Br. 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

    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 – April 2022

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

    Warren & Family – April 2022

    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

    We would like to thank the team at John Thompson Funeral Directors for their professionalism.

    Paddy and children

    To John Thompson Undertakers, thank you for your organisation and professionalism, greatly appreciated.

    Butler – January 2022

    Thanks to John & Michael Thompson Funeral Directors, it is appreciated so much.

    Graeme – January 2022

    Thank you to Thompson Undertakers for their organisation and professionalism. Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our deep appreciation.

    Tony – January 2022

    John Thompson Undertakers, thank you for your organisation and professionalism.

    Bridget – January 2022

    To Michael and all at Thompsons. Thank you for all your kindness and help with my husbands Funeral.  Your professionalism knows no bounds.

    Joanne & Katie – March 2022

    The support from funeral director, John Thompson and his staff, is hugely appreciated. We are thankful for their guidance and support during what was a very difficult time. Breda.

    Breda – 11th April 2022