Elderly farmer Paddy Lyons has been buried in his home village of Ballysaggart in Waterford, nine days after being found dead at his house.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral mass for the 90-year-old earlier today. 

The packed St Mary's Church heard that there was anger, shock, hurt and trauma in the community ever since his death.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the murder.

Parish priest of Lismore and Ballysaggart Fr Michael Cullinan said: "We will have to dig deep into our own humanity to support one another because we cannot talk about normality again. That is gone."

He said that everything is different after a death such as that suffered by Mr Lyons. "May we never grow used to violent death," he said.

Fr Cullinan told of how Mr Lyons cared for his mother after his father died. Mr Lyons himself had never married and had no siblings.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Lyons' relatives, Margaret Fitzgerald spoke about a "unique and intelligent man" who was honest, kind and humble. She said his "untimely death cast a great shadow".

The outpouring of grief and support from the wider community was a testament to his standing in the area, she said.

Symbols brought to the altar during the funeral included a sod of turf to represent the fire that would usually be blazing in Mr Lyons' hearth, a rosary beads, and a music tape representing his love of music and dancing.

Mourners sang The Fields of Athenry as his coffin was lowered into the grave.