Gay Byrne's was described as a remarkable presence in Irish life as crowds gathered along the route of his funeral cortege and hundreds attended his funeral mass at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral.

The cortege left his home in Howth shortly after 11am to travel the familiar route along the coast road into Dublin city.

It was the journey he took every morning to present his daily radio show.

Crowds lined the route and applauded as the cortege travelled through Dublin city centre to arrive at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

Fr Kieran McDermott, administrator of the cathedral received Gay's remains into the cathedral while principal celebrant of the mass was Fr Leonard Maloney.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin also led prayers.

Gay's daughter Suzy O'Byrne thanked those who cared for her father during his illness, from the doctors to the catering staff at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

She thanked her father, quoting the poet Brendan Kennelly who said you gave us words, ideas, music and song.

During the service Gay Byrne was described as a remarkable presence in Irish life - a choirmaster of the national conversation and a man at the centre of a loving family.

During his eulogy, former Director General of RTE Bob Collins said Irish society will be forever in Gay Byrne's debt.

He described the late broadcaster as reflective, deep, serious and thoughtful and said he gave voice to people who had not been heard before.

"He listens with a quality of attention that women and men become able to tell their stories. To say things that have gone unspoken for long years. To rise above their fears. To share their concerns. To tell their truths.

"Just over 20 years ago, in the television programme States of Fear we heard such a voice – the first of its kind, the voice of a man talking to Gay Byrne on the radio in 1986 and breaking the silence about the pain of his childhood.

"Gay showed us to ourselves and he had the unrivaled ability to reach out to vast audiences by speaking to each person, individually, as it were. Oscar Wilde said that "the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

"I firmly believe that public service broadcasting at its best is our community's conversation with itself. If that is right, then Gay Byrne is first among those we have to thank for the ability to talk – and listen – to ourselves."

Gay Byrne's family, including his grandchildren, took a central role in the ceremony.

Music at the funeral mass was performed by the Palestrina Choir.

A book of condolence was passed around for mourners to sign as they listened to an audio feed of the service from inside the cathedral.

Following the funeral mass, Gay Byrne's remains left the Pro Cathedral to sustained applause from those who had gathered outside.

A private burial took place at St Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton.

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