• About James Craig and Sons

  • James Craig & Sons are located in the seaside town of Ballycastle Co Antrim Northern Ireland. The funeral business operates along side Craigs Décor Centre which is based in Castle Street.

    The funeral business was first started up by JC McGuickan in 1903, he ran the business from the Old Mill, Mill Street, Ballycastle. Mr Craig purchased these premises some 50 years ago, it is now used as a coffin store and garage for the hearses.

    When Mr McGuickan passed on in 1916 the business was passed on to JM McMichael, he operated from premises in Quay Road, Ballycastle. McMichael’s made their own coffins from start to finish, it was here that James Craig started his apprenticeship in 1951 in the funeral business. James McMichael passed away in 1971 and the business was passed on to Archie McAllister.

    Mr McCallister continued the business from the Quay Road premises in Ballycastle. Archie and James worked together for the next 14 years covering the town of Ballycastle and the surrounding areas. Archie McAllister passed away in 1985 and James took on the business with his wife Margaret.

    Now in its forth generation they moved the business to operate along side the Décor Centre in Castle Street. As the business evolved over the years the family took a keen interest in the day to day running of the operation. James encouraged his son in-law Philip McKeown to take the BIE course, he successfully qualified as a member of The British Institute of Embalmers in 1995. James’s daughter Linda helps out in the office, preparing newspaper notices, order of service, wreath cards, donations and accounts. James continues to run a Diamliar fleet, they are expensive to run and maintain but still look like a proper funeral hearse. A Vauxhall Vectra estate car for removals was added to bring the fleet up to date.

    James Craig & Sons pride themselves in providing the most professional caring service possible to the entire community of Ballycastle in their hour of need. The decision was taken to apply for membership of The NAFD. (National Association of Funeral Directors) The NAFD membership would instil a further degree of confidence from the community. Here is a local Funeral Director who is member of a national organization which has a code of conduct, offers a detailed written estimate in full an open transparent manner before the funeral, is fully insured, has parliamentary representation and in the unlikely event of things not going to plan are members of the Funeral Arbitration Scheme. (FAS)

    James went onto say, the funeral business is constantly evolving and we are determined to move with the times and the family are looking forward to working with the Ballycastle community for many years to come.