Fianna Fáil councillor and champion rally driver Manus Kelly passed through the Donegal International Rally ramp for the last time as his coffin was carried through it by his brothers after his funeral mass in Glenswilly, Co Donegal.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the mass on a big screen in the grounds of St Columba's Church, which was filled with Mr Kelly's family.

The funeral cortège arrived at the church led by two garda motorbikes and the Subaru in which Mr Kelly won the Donegal International Rally three times in a row.

It was driven by Declan Boyle with Mr Kelly’s son, Charlie, in the passenger seat.

Four guards of honour representing different aspects of Mr Kelly's life lined the route of his final journey to the church.

Mr Kelly's funeral mass was also relayed from the church to big screens at Conwal Cemetery and Glenswilly GAA club. 

Mr Kelly is survived by his wife Bernie and their children Annie, Mandy, Charlie, Conan and baby Bella, his parents, sisters and brothers and extended family.

Items representing Manus Kelly's life on the altar of St Columba's Church

The Taoiseach was represented by his aide-de-camp Commandant Caroline Burke.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was among the mourners, as was Donegal footballer Michael Murphy.

On Sunday, Mr Martin said: "Manus had just embarked on a promising career in local politics" and will be "sorely missed by his family, friends and all those closest to him".

Fr Paddy Dunne described Mr Kelly as a man who touched so many people, a man with a big smiley head on him, a smile he left in people's hearts. 

He said he was a legend not just in the rallying and sporting worlds, he was also a legend to his family.

Fr Dunne spoke of Mr Kelly’s involvement in his local Glenswilly GAA club, where he coached and encouraged the best out of people.

He could be heard from the sidelines never putting down, always raising up, he said.

Fr Dunne said Mr Kelly's death came as a dreadful shock to everyone and people are still trying to come to terms with the reality that he is gone.

Speaking about the huge crowds that came to pay their respects at his wake, Fr Dunne said Manus would be thinking "there’s some votes there boy" and he would be saying "don’t forget me next time".

"He did a lot for a boy of 41, he lived some life, he didn’t sit a minute ... I don’t think he realised how he touched people's hearts."