Former team mates and players from GAA communities all over Ireland joined with family and friends for the funeral of former Galway hurling star Tony Keady in Oranmore.

The 53-year-old died suddenly after taking ill earlier this week.

Last Sunday, he had attended Croke Park with his family and witnessed the Galway minor and senior victories.

The former Hurler of the Year and double All-Ireland winner is survived by his wife Margaret and four children.

Tony Keady funeral

The Tipperary team, which battled Galway in the 1980s, was among the thousands of people who queued for hours yesterday to sympathise with the Keady family.

Mr Keady was caretaker at Calasanctius College in Oranmore where some of his children are students. He was actively involved in coaching at the school.

He was one of a family of 11 from east Galway and began hurling with his local Killimordaly GAA club.

He won two All-Ireland medals in 1987 and 1988 and continued to play for the Galway senior inter-county team in the 1990s.

Many tributes have been paid to the former centre back in recent days.

Tony Keady was laid to rest in Renville cemetery in Oranmore.