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Monday 24 November 2014

Harte tragedy: Funeral at tiny church where Michaela and John married

Wedding bishop will conduct service

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.
Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley
Raj Theekoy
Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.
A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.
Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.
Michaela Harte in with Throphy in St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement
Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..
Micheala Harte in fancy dress in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..
A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley
Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day
Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)
Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married
A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.
A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley
Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone
(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey
Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003
Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte. Pic by Ian Magill. 23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.
Michaela Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park
Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education
Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

The bishop who celebrated his nephew's dream wedding to Michaela Harte will return to the same, tiny church on Monday -- for her funeral.

Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey will comfort his heartbroken nephew John McAreavey on the brutal murder of his "beautiful wife".

Tyrone and Down footballers will provide a guard of honour as Michaela's remains are received at the church where she was married 10 days before she was strangled on her honeymoon.

Bishop McAreavey officiated at the couple's wedding ceremony on December 30 in St Malachy's, Ballymacilroy, Co Tyrone, where Michaela will be mourned.

Michaela's coffin is expected to arrive in her Glencull Road home, just outside of Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, this afternoon after she was repatriated from Mauritius. Close family and friends will also mourn Michaela at Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte's home.

Over 1,000 mourners are expected to congregate at St Malachy's for Michaela's funeral at 12.30pm on Monday.

Parish priest Fr Michael Seery said arrangements are being made to accommodate the crowds in and around the church, and a marquee and speakers will be erected in the grounds.

Meanwhile, the close-knit community where John McAreavey planned to live with his wife will unite at a remembrance Mass tonight in St Colman's Church in Lawrencetown, Co Down, at 7.30pm.

A book of condolence will be opened in the community centre in Lawrencetown this afternoon and at the church this evening. Tullylish GAA club organised the Mass after an outpouring of grief in the small townland where Michaela (27) and John (26) had bought a new house.

Last night Cardinal Sean Brady has offered his "deepest sympathy" to the grieving John McAreavey on "the terrible tragedy".

Cardinal Brady also extended his condolence to Michaela's parents Marion and Mickey Harte and to her brothers Mark, Matthew and Michael.

To leave a message of condolence to the Harte and McAreavey families please click here

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