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Farmers Band Together to Ferry Casket, Mourners to Funeral Through Floodwaters

When it rains, it pours, so to speak. That’s how a group of mourners surely felt in the midst of flooding during Christmas.

John Clarke passed away on Christmas Day in Longford, a rural area of Ireland. But the recently washed out and flooded roads made it nearly impossible to hold a funeral service or burial for the untimely passing.

The small community banded together to ensure John Clarke received the funeral he deserved. And it required some heavy-duty equipment to get over the knee-high waters.

Farmers were traveling around the overrun area using tractors in recent, soggy weeks. So mourners loaded Clarke’s coffin onto a tractor, along with his close family, to get from the church service to the burial site.

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Bales of hay served as seating around the coffin. One witness even said the community banded together to dig the grave during this time of hardship.

A number of tractors were used for the remaining mourners and family members, who would not have been able to get to Saints’ Island cemetery without a tractor ride.

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Skilled farmers, who have been driving around the area, marked out safe passages for the tractors.

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The pictures from the day illustrate that perseverance, community spirit and tractors have never paired up so beautifully.

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Farmers Band Together to Ferry Casket, Mourners to Funeral Through Floodwaters