Judge Tom Teehan said he had known the late Mr Kelly for more than 30 years.
Judge Teehan said: “I worked for him and against him and for all that time I never heard him say a single, bad or derogatory, word about a judge, a solicitor or member of the Bar.”
Judge Teehan added: “I am proud to have known him and worked with him and proud to have been his friend. Templemore, Tipperary and his profession are very much the poorer for his passing.”
Frank Quirke, on behalf of the Bar, described Mr Kelly as a true gentleman who was a successful and professional solicitor.
Patrick Treacy, on behalf of the Tipperary legal profession, said Mr Kelly had character and quality in abundance and his practice was now in the safe hands of his son, Joe.
Joe, expressing thanks on behalf of his mother Patsy and the family, said the tributes were a great reminder of the person his father had been.