Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Harte tragedy: Michaela was a lady to her fingertips, says Rose of Tralee escort

Michaela Harte  after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)
Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)
A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley
A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley
Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married
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.
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
A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley
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
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Michaela Harte was yesterday described as a "thoroughbred lady" by the man who escorted her through her Rose of Tralee dream.

Sports physiotherapist Barry Mollaghan (33) from Longford, who was Michaela's escort when she represented Ulster in the 2004 Rose of Tralee Festival, said he was "deeply saddened" by her violent death.

"I had the absolute privilege of being Michaela's escort in 2004 -- we became friends straight away. I am deeply and truly saddened by her death -- especially in such terrible circumstances. It is very hard to comprehend," he said.

Mr Mollaghan described Michaela as a "thoroughbred lady to her fingertips".

"I was immediately impres- sed by her," he said.

"She was such a sincere and caring person and so full of life. She had a unique relationship with her father and was the apple of his eye. She had a great love for her entire family -- the thread of which ran through every aspect of her life."

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