Thousands expected in Derry today for the funeral of Bishop Edward Daly

As final preparations are made in advance of today’s funeral mass for former Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly, members of the public are being advised of traffic restrictions will be in place.

Large numbers are expected to attend the service which will take place at this afternoon 3.30pm in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, including political and church leaders travelling to the city to pay their final respects to one of the city’s most iconic figures.

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Mass goers and regular users should note that the William Street Car Park will be closed to the public from now until 6pm tonight.

Alternative parking will be available to members of the public wishing to attend and drivers are advised that they can use public car parks located at Strand Road, Queen’s Quay, Victoria Market, Foyle Street and Bishop Street.

Some traffic restrictions will remain in place before and during the service to reduce congestion in and around the Cathedral area and people are asked to follow directions from stewards and the PSNI.

Drivers are also asked to be mindful of blocking entranceways and restricting access to residential areas to ensure easy access for emergency services if required.

People are advised to arrive early at the Cathedral for the mass which begins at 3.30pm due to the large numbers anticipated. Burial will take place following the service in the Cathedral grounds.

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Bishop Edward Daly absolving a dying man during the Bloody Sunday massacre.

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