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About Us

J. A. Gormley Funeral Directors are family run and proudly independent serving local communities and families across Northern Ireland since 1841.

The business was started by Mr Joseph McMenamin in Rainey Street, Magherafelt, who was also a publican in the town who died in 1909. The business was passed on to his daughter Marian Gormley (Nee McMenamin) who married Patrick Gormley (Goles, Cranagh) who also ran a bar in the village of Desertmartin.
When Marian died in 1933 the funeral business and bar was passed onto her son Brian A who married Ella McKenna (Tirkane, Maghera) who also inherited the bar and funeral directors from her late brother Dan who passed away in 1944.
Their son Joseph A (Joe) ran the funeral business and bar in Maghera and
Desertmartin until his father Brian passed away in 1970.
Joseph A ran both businesses until his death in 2015. His son Michael J (Mickey) now manages the business at present with the help of his two sons Nicholas and Michael R.

In 1984 Mickey studied and completed the British Institute of Embalmers diploma, a diploma that both his sons Nicholas & Michael (Jr) received in 2017. In June of 2018 Nicholas travelled to St. Etienne, France and successfully completed a 5 day course on Facial Restoration & Reconstruction under the supervision of Philippe Dubresson and Alain Koninckx. J.A. Gormley Funeral Directors now have three fully qualified professional embalmers, all family members on hand to carry out duties in the day to day running of the business and taking the business into the 6th generation.

During your time of bereavement we offer a complete funeral service. As we are a family run business we pride ourselves on offering both a professional and a personal service and all the families we take care of are known to us on a first name basis. We assure all families of a professional level of service by insisting on attention to detail at all times.

During this difficult time Personal Supervision is offered by Michael J. Gormley, Nicholas Gormley & Michael R. Gormley with the compassion and care that only a family firm can offer. Our promise to you is that you will always be dealing with a Gormley Family Member thus ensuring high standards are maintained at all times and the needs of families are served to the very best of our ability.

We are proud members of the following organisations: 


Why choose J. A. Gormley?

  • We’re a family run business, established in 1841. We have the experience to understand the needs of those we serve at a difficult time.

  • As professional funeral directors, we are there for you before, during and after the funeral.

  • We hold professional qualifications.

  • We are dedicated to carrying out our duties with integrity, care and respect to both the living and the dead.

  • We strive for the highest possible facilities, vehicles and professional standards.

  • Personalised advice - we listen, plan and compassionately advise and act on your behalf.

 We offer our services in:
Maghera, Gulladuff, Portglenone, Bellaghy, Desertmartin, Magherafelt, Draperstown, Toome, Moneyglass, Swatragh, Ballerin, Coleraine and all surrounding areas.

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