Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of folk musician Liam Clancy.

The funeral took place in St Mary's Church in Dungarvan this lunchtime with burial afterwards in Ring in Co Waterford.

Those who attended included the President's aide de camp and the Taoiseach's aide de camp, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen and members of the arts and music community.

The Co Tipperary-born performer was the last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who were credited with bringing Irish traditional music to a world audience in the 1960s.

Dubbed as Ireland's first pop stars, international artists including Bob Dylan acknowledged their major influence on the music scene.

The 74-year-old was surrounded by his wife Kim and daughters Siobhan and Fiona when he passed away in hospital on Friday.

Mr Clancy had been suffering from a six-month long respiratory illness and it is understood he died of complications.

He had spoken by telephone with his musician son Donal earlier in the day while his other son Eban was returning home from the UK.

Tributes to Mr Clancy, who also enjoyed a successful solo career, poured in from leading figures in music and the arts.

Christy Moore said his own career was profoundly influenced by the Clancy Brothers and their band-mate Tommy Makem.

'The way they sang in their own accents, it was Irish, it was also very funky and it was rock and roll,' he said.

'I think history will see the Clancys as having changed a lot of things in Ireland.'