Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Harte tragedy: Michaela and John will never get to spend night in new home

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.
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 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
Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside 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
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.
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day
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

It was John McAreavey's dream to lift his beautiful wife over the threshold of their new home -- but the couple never got to spend a night there.

Michaela had made tea for John and his teammates from his local Tullylish GAA club in their new two-storey detached home in Lawrencetown near Banbridge, Co Down.

It was her way of a "house warming" as Michaela, a strict pioneer like her dad, loved to drink tea.

The couple had saved up for the house and couldn't wait to live together. They even had the spare room ready for Michaela's parents, Mickey and Marian, to come and visit.

Unlike most young couples their age -- Michaela (27) and John (26) had decided to wait until they were married before moving in together.

They bought their detached home in a modest development on the outskirts of Banbridge, where houses are for sale from £109,000. They had just had the house landscaped and had chosen to live just two miles from John's parents' home.

They made their vows to each other and celebrated their big day with 300 friends and family members in the Slieve Russell Hotel in Cavan.

All they had left to do was enjoy their honeymoon before embarking on the rest of their lives together.

But John's "beautiful wife", his "best friend" and his "rock" was taken away.

Yesterday, locals in Law-rencetown remembered how Michaela had quickly made friends in the community and was looking forward to making a home there with John.

Tyrone native Mick Miller, a member of Tullylish GAA, said he remembered seeing Mich-aela the first day she walked into the Co Down club.

She was wearing a Tyrone jersey and Mick immediately warmed to her.

"Michaela was a friendly person who just wanted to live here and fit into her new community. We always got on because she knew I was a Tyrone man and would have followed Mickey at all the games. Herself and John were inseparable. She never missed a match," he said.

"She came here when he played all his league matches and she watched them all. I remember sitting here watching a game with her the last time I saw her. She always had a smile."

Michaela partied like the "best of them", even though she was not a drinker, and enjoyed many social nights at Tullylish GAA club.

The couple's friend and John's teammate, Justin McCartan, spoke fondly of having tea in their new house. "Michaela was always drinking tea, that's what she did. I went over there and it was lovely. They were so happy and there was a great buzz in the house," he said.

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