ARDOYNE said goodbye to much-loved Passionist priest Father Fernando Carberry – but not in the manner that local people wanted to.

The 85-year-old became another victim of Covid-19 this week, but the man who in his lifetime buried so many of the faithful with dignity and love was laid to rest before only a handful of family and fellow clergy with masks and hazmat suits in evidence.

Kerrera Street-born Fr Fernando demanded a special respect in his home district, as before taking Holy Orders he had worked as a bricklayer and helped in the rebuilding of Ardoyne after the mass burnings of August 1969.

Read the full report in tomorrow's North Belfast News.

Above video of Fr Fernando's burial with mourners observing social distancing taken by Thomas McMullan.