The Kerry playwright and writer, John B Keane has been buried in his native Listowel, county Kerry. Thousands of people attended the funeral, which was marked by sadness and humour.

It was a funeral John B Keane would have loved to attend himself.

Thousands of people including friends, and family as well as figures from the worlds of politics, theatre, and sport, were in Listowel to pay tribute to Keane. Other mourners included President Mary MacAleese, former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, Jimmy Deenihan TD, and Irish rugby player Mick Galwey.   

The funeral homily was given by Fr Kieron O'Shea, a lifelong friend of John B Keane, who described him as a man who never bore a grudge and always preached kindness. 

He treated everybody the same. He had a greeting for all, young and old, rich and poor. Above all, John B was a great family man.

John B Keane's son, Billy, also spoke about his father and described the route for his final journey through the town of Listowel, and joked

My father never went on a long journey without stopping at a pub.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 June 2002. The reporter is Paschal Sheehy.