Tributes have been paid to Tony Dempsey, who was described as a ''bright and bubbly'' person at his funeral mass in Dublin.

The 28-year-old's remains lay undiscovered for more than a week in a Dublin flat earlier this month.

At his funeral mass in Saint Bernadette's church in Crumlin in Dublin, the parish priest said there was a huge sense of shock at his passing due to the circumstances, which he said have stunned the whole community and the country.

He said Tony may have have ''portrayed a hard exterior on the outside'' but he also had a soft side.

Mourners were told that Tony Dempsey's life ''wasn't always easy'' and it seemed he took two steps back and one step forward, which is why his family and friends were so important to him.

The congregation was told that Mr Dempsey had a wonderful, dry sense of humour and a glint in his eye that could light up a room and was always there for anyone in need.

Tony Dempsey's family said he was loved so much and sadly cut off in his prime. They said he made their lives so special and promised that he would not be forgotten.

Items that reminded the family of Tony's life were taken to the altar including a family photo, a bottle of ''yazoo'' drink and a pair of trainers because Tony was ''a bit of a fashionista''.

Mr Dempsey's body was found in a flat in Kevin Barry House in Dublin's north inner city on 12 September. He had been attacked and suffered severe head injuries.

The funeral mass will be followed by cremation at Mount Jerome Cemetery.

Tony Dempsey is survived by his father Micheal, sisters Queenie, Kendall, Ariyah-Rae and brothers Eddie and Ross.