"It'll be the first time anyone ever told St Peter to feck off" - Frank Kelly's son tells mourners

Funeral held for Irish actor Frank Kelly

Hundreds of people have turned out for the funeral of renowned Irish actor Frank Kelly.

The 77-year-old passed away on Sunday - 18 years to the day of his Father Ted co-star, Dermot Morgan's passing.

Frank Kelly's son Emmett, paid tribute to his late father who he said was extremely dedicated to his craft.

Mr Kelly was best known for playing Fr Jack Hackett in the hit show Fr Ted.

His son remarked "when he gets to heaven, when they choose to let Fr Jack through the duty free at the pearly gates, it'll be the first time anyone ever told St. Peter to feck off."

Kelly is well remembered for his roles in Wanderly Wagon, Halls Pictorial Weekly, Glenroe & Father Ted.

President Michael D Higgins and Broadcaster Gay Byrne along with Fr Ted creators and stars Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews and Ardal O'Hanlon were among the crowd at the Church of the Guardian Angels in Dublin.

Personal mementos brought to the altar included 17 flowers for each of his grandchildren and the Irish Times Crossword, which he did every day.

Mr Kelly was remembered as a family man who loved his work. 

His son Emmet said that when he was younger Frank was asked why he was acting instead of trying to make a lot of money. 

"He said he'd rather starve at the stage than grow fat at the bar."

"Our earliest memories are of him in the kitchen, the sound of him typing with two heavy fingers bashing out a book or a song or a sketch."

He was "creating his next gig like magic out of paper and ink and a hatred for the empty page."

His son Stephen said that Frank Kelly also loved to play practical jokes on them.

"Water fights and water bombing in our house were considered both outdoor and indoor activities."

"Dad could appear from a dustbin, a pile of coats, a hotpress or a dark doorway and put the heart across you."

"There were practical jokes too, for many reasons which I can't go into he used to put a chicken leg in my sister Ruth's tea after dinner."