Hundreds of friends, family and traditional music followers have attended the funeral of master fiddle player Tommy Peoples from Co Donegal who died on Saturday, aged 70.

Chief celebrant Fr Joe McMahon said that Tommy was always special, his playing complex, strange and almost otherworldly at times.

Born in St Johnston in east Donegal he spent 30 years living in Co Clare, a county whose people and music he loved dearly.

Paddy Glackin, fiddle player and friend, described Tommy's composing of many tunes as prolific and said he scaled new musical heights.

He said Tommy had taken us all on an exotic and at times dangerous but beautiful musical journey.

Among the gifts brought to the altar were the two Gradam Ceoil awards presented to him by TG4 for Musician of the Year 1998 and later for his music composition.

Tommy Peoples was buried in Drumcliffe cemetery just north of Ennis beside his son, Tommy Óg who predeceased him aged 21.