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Hundreds attend funeral for BBC journalist Paddy O'Flaherty

Hundreds have gathered to pay their respects to renowned BBC journalist Paddy O'Flaherty following his death.

The BBC announced the renowned broadcaster passed away following a short illness on Monday.

He was 73-years-old.

O'Flaherty was a familiar voice on BBC Radio Ulster for decades having presented many of its shows including Good Morning Ulster and Evening Extra.

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He was also a keen musician and angler.

More than 300 mourners gathered at St Gerard's Church in Belfast on Friday.

At the end of the service a recording was played of O'Flaherty playing An Coulin on the violin.

Among those in attendance was BBC presenter Noel Thompson, Wendy Austin and UTV presenter Paul Clarke.

Announcing the news on Good Morning Ulster, presenter Noel Thompson paid his respects.

He said: "He brought a big enthusiasm to every story and had the ability to turn even the most tedious story into the most fascinating."

Editor of BBC Northern Ireland Radio Current Affairs and Digital News NI, Adam Smyth, paid tribute.

He described him as "one of the best radio broadcasters these islands have ever produced, a tremendous character and a man whose name was synonymous with BBC Radio Ulster".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was sorry to hear of his passing.

"Such a gentle person," she tweeted.

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