Over 2000 people turned out in Galway for the funeral of former Aston Villa and Ireland player Eamon 'Chick' Deacy.

The 53-year-old Galway man won an English First Division medal with Villa, with whom he played from 1979-1982, while he also represented Galway United and the Republic Of Ireland in the 1980s, winning four caps.

Deacy also played for Derby County and won an FAI Cup medal with Galway in 1991.

Several members of the League-winning Villa team, Gordon Cowans, Ken McNaught, Colin Gibson and Tony Morley, were part of the packed congregation at the Augustine Church in Galway.

Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney and FAI President Paddy McCaul also attended the funeral.

President Michael D Higgins was represented by his Aide de Camp.

The chief concelebrant Father Dick Lyng said this was the biggest funeral he had ever seen in Galway during his 30 years as a priest.

Eamon 'Chick' Deacy is survived by his wife, Journalist Mary O'Connor, daughter Dawn and son Jake.