Hundreds of people have attended the funeral service of the late theatre director and teacher, Dan Donovan.

Mr Donovan, who died last weekend at the age of 91, was described as a kind and friendly teacher who made an extraordinary contribution to theatre in Cork.

Addressing those who gathered at Christ the King Church in Turner's Cross, Fr Billy O'Sullivan said he was a man who had the "gift of friendship, loving and loveable, a fulfilled man who lived a full life".

Among those who attended were rugby international Tom Kiernan, former Bord Gáis chairman and businessman Pat Dineen, playwright Declan Hassett, emeritus head of theatre studies at UCC, Ger FitzGibbon and Conor Keane, son of the late John B Keane.

Fr O'Sullivan said that as a teacher of English and deputy Principal of Presentation Brothers College in Cork, he is remembered with great affection by former pupils, including actor Cillian Murphy and BBC Africa Editor Fergal Keane, for putting his heart and soul into teaching and acting.

He helped establish the Southern Theatre Group in 1959, bringing John B Keane's plays to the stage for the first time, establishing him as a playwright.

Mr Donovan is survived by his niece Christine and nephews John and Tim.

Following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in St Patrick's Cemetery, Crosshaven.