The funeral of Kerry-born journalist and author Con Houlihan has taken place in Dublin.

The mass was held at St Kevin's Church on Harrington Street and followed by cremation at Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was represented by Cmdt Michael Tracy and President Michael D Higgins by Colonel Brendan McAndrew.

Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan was also in attendance.

Many of Mr Houlihan's former journalism colleagues were at the mass, while sporting figures in attendance included Niall Quinn, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Mick O'Dwyer and other figures from the GAA.

Mr Houlihan died last weekend at the age of 86. He was regarded as one of Ireland's finest sports journalists.

His journalism featured in the Sunday World, the Evening Herald, and The Irish Times, but it was his back-page column and articles for the Evening Press that first attracted an enormous readership.

Mr Houlihan's friend Ray Hennessy described him as a quintessential gentleman with extreme powers of observation.

He said he painted pictures with words.

His niece, Anne Houlihan, remembered a beloved uncle and the gentlest of giants.

A minute's silence was observed before the Kerry-Donegal quarter-final match in Croke Park last weekend as a tribute to Mr Houlihan.

He had a loss of mobility and problems with circulation in recent years.

Mr Houlihan spent the last year of his life in St James's Hospital.