The funeral has taken place of Donegal rally legend and father of five Manus Kelly.

Huge crowds attended the Requiem Mass at St Columba's Church in Glenswilly this morning.

Two rally cars which are symbols Mr Kelly’s success in the sport were outside the church  -  the Mark 2 Escort in which he won the National Championship in 2015 and the Subaru in which he won the Donegal International Rally three years in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

They had also been parked at his late residence in Churchill where several thousand people attended the wake on Tuesday and Wednesday, some queuing for four hours or more to pay their respects.

Due to the sheer scale of the crowds attending and paying their last respects, a special traffic management plan was put in place for the funeral.

Shuttle buses were used with a park and ride system was in operation to bring people to the chapel.

The burial was afterwards in Conwal Cemetery.

Again, due to limited parking, a shuttle bus service operated to and from O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Plans were also put in place for a live stream of the funeral Mass.

Mr. Kelly (41) was tragically killed during a crash on the Fanad Head Stage on Sunday on the third and final day of the Donegal International Rally.

Last month the well known businessman was also elected for Fianna Fáil in the local elections.

The large and representative attendance at his funeral reflected the high esteem in which he was held.

His untimely passing has evoked a sense of great loss in the community and beyond and deepest sympathy is extended to his family and wide circle of friends.

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