Irish funerals have a reputation for being more like parties than somber occasions. And one Irish man in particular made sure he contributed to the celebration of life that was his own funeral—by recording a hilarious message to be played at the service.
Shay Bradley of Dublin was buried last week at a local cemetery. And as his coffin was being lowered into the ground, a message he had pre-recorded specifically for the ceremony played from a set of speakers.
“Let me out! Where the f*ck am I?! Hello, hello! Let me out, it’s f*cking dark in here,” he shouted over the recording. “Where the f*ck am I? Is that that priest I can hear?”
— Ciarán ? (@Lucky2B1rish) October 13, 2019
In a video posted on social media of the funeral, those gathered to mourn Bradley’s passing begin to laugh as the recording plays.
Family members, including Bradley’s daughter Andrea, were especially grateful that Bradley’s sense of humor was being celebrated.
My Poppabear ? thanks for sharing Ciaran #shayslastlaugh
— Andrea (@Andrea36496119) October 13, 2019
My cousin’s late husband Shay Bradley. An amazing character and a warrior. R.I.P. Shay
— Phelim Warren (@Freewheeler12) October 13, 2019
Other social media users were inspired by Bradley’s “last laugh.”
Lol!… He must have been one hell of a character!?
— Frank2 (@Frank_leehonest) October 13, 2019
The reactions from his loved ones says it all really.. this man will be missed ????? xxx
— Babs McMahon ???? (@BarbaraMcMahon8) October 13, 2019
Ahh this is great way to go and be remembered. He definitely put the fun into funeral.
— Leon Rí ? E.V. (@LeonVincentHK) October 13, 2019
RIP Sir, you must have been amazing in life, to invoke this much appreciation in death. I salute you. ?
— Angie Walton (@coolAngieWalton) October 13, 2019
Brilliant! RIP sir, you are an absolute legend. Sending love to your family and friends, because a character such as yourself will clearly be sorely missed. X
— Elaine Kelly (@ElaineKelly11) October 13, 2019
Bradley, who had suffered from a long illness, prepared the stunt about a year ago and recorded the message with his son Jonathan’s help. In order to get the full effect, he banged on a coffee table beside him to mimic the sound of banging against a coffin lid.
“He wanted something special and for everyone to remember him as he was, so that everyone, especially my mother, did not leave the graveside sombre,” Jonathan said.
Andrea echoed Jonathan’s sentiment.
“My dad wanted us to leave the cemetery laughing, and to celebrate his life. He would love to know how many people he made laugh! He was an amazing character.”