The funeral mass of Joan Lucey in Dingle has heard that the former district nurse will be remembered as a "fighter in the face of injustice". 

Ms Lucey, who had taken legal action against the HSE over her cervical smear tests, died Friday before mediation started. 

Prayers for those suffering from cancer "especially women" were said at the funeral in her local parish this afternoon.

The mass at St Mary's Church was concelebrated by parish priest Fr Michael Moynihan and family friend Fr Jim Sheehy. 

Her son Sean told of his mother's love of Dingle and the Irish language. "She really loved living in Dingle," he said. She walked and swam Dingle, was in the film club, and in the Dingle historical society. 

"As a District nurse in the community she touched the lives of many in west Kerry," he said. 

The mass heard that her party piece was talking. "Mom really loved to talk," Sean said. 

Former colleagues and friends were thanked at the mass for their "endless support" of her. 

"And Mom, we now know that you are finally back with Dad," Sean said, adding that there were not enough words to thank her in being a mother to himself, and his sisters Sinead and Eileen. 

Fr Moynihan said Joan Lucey was remembered as a woman who always rose to the occasion, was a woman of courage, strength and bravery and "a fighter in the face of injustice. 

The priest prayed for all those affected by the coronavirus, and all those suffering from cancer, especially women. 

Her internment took place at St Brendan's Cemetery Dingle.