Several hundred people gathered in Dalkey this morning for the funeral of best-selling author and journalist Maeve Binchy.

The President and Taoiseach were represented by their Aides de Camp at the funeral of the 72-year-old writer, who passed away on Monday.

Ms Binchy's husband Gordon Snell, her brother William and sister Joan were joined by a host of figures from the literary, arts  and Irish journalism communities, including actress Brenda Fricker and author Claudia Carroll.

Former colleagues from the Irish Times along with trade union leader Des Geraghty and NUJ Irish Secretary Seamus Dooley were also in attendance.

Actors Frank Kelly, Eamon Morrissey and Peader Lambe, writers Cathy Kelly and Kathleen McMahon and politicians Richard Boyd Barrett and Liz McManus were at the mass.

Many others from all walks of public life joined Ms Binchy's family and friends in the packed church and many others listened to the mass in the nearby Town Hall. 

In accordance with Ms Binchy's final wishes, the mass was simple and was concelebrated by former Dalkey parish priest Fr John McDonagh and visiting priest Fr William Stuart.

Fr Stuart spoke of Ms Binchy's warmth, generosity and love of people in his homily.

Shaun Davey, Liam O'Flynn, Rita Connolly and Paddy Glackin gathered together to celebrate Ms Binchy's great love of Irish traditional music as well as her favourite tune, the Brendan Theme at her request.

Her family and friends held a private cremation ceremony after the mass.

Ms Binchy's husband said he was very moved by all the tributes paid to her from Ireland and all over the world.

Tributes for accomplished writer

After working as a teacher and then a journalist with the Irish Times, Ms Binchy published her first book, 'Light a Penny Candle', in 1982.

She went on to sell 42m books worldwide during a 30-year career, becoming one of Ireland’s best-selling writers.

Tributes have poured in from the world of politics and literature since her death, including from President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.