President Michael D. Higgins attended the funeral mass of Michael McDonagh in Navan this afternoon.

As manager of Meath Travellers Workshop, Michael McDonagh worked behind the scenes for many years to achieve ethnic status for Irish Travellers.

He worked on a prison links project with his wife Nell, where they listened to and supported Travellers in prison and aided them on their release.

While his latest project was a genealogy project with Meath County Library which looked at the history of Traveller families over the years.