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.
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.
Skilled farmers, who have been driving around the area, marked out safe passages for the tractors.
The pictures from the day illustrate that perseverance, community spirit and tractors have never paired up so beautifully.