Belfast booked up for Best funeral

There’s to be restriction of numbers actually inside Stormont, and there are no beds left in Belfast if you were planning to make it home to pay your last respects.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    It’s a pity only 30,000 people are to be allowed into Stormont, but I understand that the safety of mourners is paramount.

    I hope the day is a fitting send-off to a football genius and a great man…

    George Best 1946-2005. Rest In Peace

  • Having spoken to several agencies this afternoon, as one who lives in the Stormont area, there is concern as to where all these people will park.

    Ormeau park/Odyssey and the Ice Bowl combined will hold probably 1500-2000 cars max.

    Take for example 32,000 people will mean approx 16,000 cars, then there are 14,000 cars still to find a place to park before going to Stormont.

    So to date, that is 5pm on Wednesday, Police etc have no idea what they are going to do?

    Seems to me that Massey Avenue, Castlehill Road, Stormont Park, and most of Thornhill and Barnetts Road, if not as far back as Gilnahirk and Dundonald will just become one very large car park.

  • Mick Fealty

    Could be a lot of people walking it then? Or maybe it won’t be such a big crowd after all.

  • George

    There was talk of 500,000 at the weekend which had me a bit worried at a 1979 papal-style hysteria by a place with nothing better to celebrate.

    The eyes of the world are upon us, let’s bask in the light and be part of the spectacle sort of thing.

    He was but a man so 30,000 would be about commensurate with Best’s importance in the greater scheme of things.

    That’s around a thousand people for every cap he won for Northern Ireland and 10 for every woman he …..

  • TOT

    ….said hello to.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Apparently, the UVF have agreed to take down all paramilitary graffiti and murals around the Best home on the Cregagh.

    Makes you wonder why they like to have it up in the first place, knowing that it’s presence lowers the tone of the place ?

  • Brian Boru

    I understand that this man meant a lot to a lot of people. But I think it’s a fair question to ask that when there were hundreds of thousands or even millions turning out for Princess Diana’s and now George Best’s funeral, but nowhere nearly as much for someone like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, has society got its priorities right? Which is more important, football or saving millions in the Third World from disease and starvation?

  • Paul

    Mother Teresa didn’t save anyone from disease or starvation. There was no treatment offered in her “hospital”. She saw her job as harvesting souls.

  • millions turning out for Princess Diana’s and now George Best’s funeral, but nowhere nearly as much for someone like Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    In fairness, not many of those who are going to George Best’s funeral tomorrow would have been able to get the flight out to Calcutta for Mother Teresa anyway.

    Which is more important, football or saving millions in the Third World from disease and starvation?

    Probably saving the millions, but attending Mother Teresa’s funeral wouldn’t really have helped.