The funeral has taken place in Dublin of one of the country's longest serving judges.

Mr Justice Paul Carney, who was 72, was the presiding judge in the Central Criminal Court before his retirement earlier this year. He died last week after a short illness.

He is survived by his wife Dr Marjorie Young, their three sons Philip, Jules and Jonathan and their daughter, Rosalind.

The funeral mass was held at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook in Dublin.

It was attended by more than 50 serving and retired members of the judiciary, including the Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham, the High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns as well as other judges from the Circuit Court, High Court and the Supreme Court.

President Michael D Higgins was represented by his aide-de-camp Colonel Michael Kiernan.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was represented by his aide-de-damp Commandant David Foley.

In his homily, Monsignor Lorcan O'Brien said that as the country's pre-eminent criminal judge, Mr Justice Carney knew more than most about human sin, evil and depravity but he remained a wise and just man.

He described him as a "devoted servant of the law" for 50 years of his life.

Family friend and solicitor John Rochford told mourners Mr Justice Carney had decried again and again the awful increase in violent crimes involving knives.

He had also taken the Central Criminal Court out of Dublin to venues all over the country. He said Mr Justice Carney was a traditionalist when it came to matters of dress or the way judges should be addressed in court.

He said this was because he wanted to emphasise the importance of the court process and procedure.

Mr Rochford said his friend had never wanted to retire voluntarily.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November last year.

He retired as a High Court judge last April after 24 years on the bench.