The funeral of a priest who died tragically in a freak accident with his car last week has taken place in Co Kildare.

Fr John Cummins, who is originally from Newbridge, died at his parocial home in Abbeyleix, Co Laois on 30 January.

It is understood Fr Cummins' car went out of control in the driveway of his house. He died at the scene.

He had served as parish priest in Abbeyleix for the last year-and-a-half.

His funeral took place at St Conleth's Church in Newbridge today.

Priests from across the diocese celebrated the funeral mass with Bishop Denis Nulty and remembered the much-loved priest.

Fr Ger Nash, his friend of 34 years, spoke at the service and compared their relationship to Laurel and Hardy and in their famous words he said of his friend "another fine mess you've got me in to".

His mother Renee, brothers Con and Gary, sister Maria and extended family were joined by a large crowd at the funeral.