McKeon Memorials is a headstone maker and monumental carver of natural limestone, granite and marble, serving the people of Co. Laois and Kildare for nearly 100 years. We are here to guide you through a heartfelt journey of crafting enduring tributes. We understand the importance of this moment, and we’re committed to creating not just memorials but meaningful stories etched in headstones ethically sourced from Ireland, Europe, & around the globe. Our unique designs, expert craftsmanship, and collaborative approach ensure your loved one’s tribute stands out. Furthermore, we offer headstone accessories, inscriptions, and maintenance services. Reach out for a consultation, and together, we’ll create a tribute that lasts for generations.

Q How do I go about choosing a headstone?

We find it is a good idea for the people involved to have a discussion first to see if any of the parties ( usually family members ) have very specific views on what styles/types they have preferences. For example if someone has a strong preference for a particular colour /finish to stone or they would be very keen on Irish stone. At that point it is highly recommended to talk to a Headstone/memorial specialist who can advise on regulations particularly to the burial ground involved and help with suggestions around all the possibilities there are with regard to styles / shapes materials wording and headstone accessories.

Q What choices of stone types can I have?

There are 3 main categories to consider. They are Granites (From Irish Quarries and worldwide). Limestones from Irish and other European countries and Marble, mainly from Italy. These natural stone types are available in a broad range of colours, shapes, and finishes.

Your Headstone specialist will be very happy to go through the options available and show you examples.

Q What’s the difference between the stone types?

In General all the stone types We offer are suitable for headstones . It is very much a personal choice but it is important to know the various maintenance that is involved for the different types again We will be very happy to go through these in detail with You.

Q Can I choose a headstone I have seen in a cemetery?

Yes Cemeteries are a good place to visit to see many various types We are happy to explain various types there too . It can be helpful to take photos of the ones that You may have a preference for . We can then discuss these initial choices ( among any others with You )

Q How long should I (we) wait before erecting a headstone after a person (loved ones) passing?

In times past in some parts of Ireland it was traditional to have the headstone erected for the 1st Anniversary (of passing?)

Regarding timescale there are no set rules for erection of a headstone so whenever the family are ready.

Q What is the best type of natural stone ie. Granite, Limestone, or Marble to use?

This is a very personal choice. All of the stone types we offer are suitable for lasting 100’s of years and we are very happy to take the time to explain them.

Different natural stone/granite and marble have very different appearance and require varying degrees of maintenance.

Again we are on hand to explain in detail the different materials and finishes.

Q How much will I pay for a headstone?

Nowadays average prices for Memorials range from €2000 to €5000 and there are always options for grave markers and plaques where full headstones are not required.

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