Vicky Phelan has been laid to rest following a private funeral.

The cervical cancer campaigner passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at Milford Hospice in Limerick at the age of 48.

In a message included in her death notice on RIP.ie today, it was revealed that "in accordance with Vicky's wishes, a private funeral has taken place".

It is understood the funeral took place yesterday.

Earlier this week, Ms Phelan's husband Jim paid tribute to his wife, saying her death will leave a void in their lives that "at this point seems impossible to fill".

"It is with an immense burden of grief that earlier today we bade our final farewell to our beloved Vicky," a statement from Jim and children Amelia and Darragh said.

"She was the heart and soul of our family unit and her passing will leave a void in all our lives, that at this point seems impossible to fill.

"We cherish the memories of a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, whose ability to deal with the struggles of life has inspired not only ourselves but an entire nation.

"The outpouring of grief and good wishes from far and wide are truly appreciated. Funeral arrangements when made will be private, with an opportunity for people to pay their respects in due course."

Ms Phelan was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.