Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Michaela funeral: An 'evil act' destroyed special bond of Harte family

John McAreavey places the coffin of his wife Michaela McAreavey, 27, daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte in the back of the hearse.
Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Mourners at the funeral of Michaela McAreavey have been told of the precious memories that will always fill their hearts.

Bishop McAreavey's homily also spoke of the special bond between Michaela and her family, a bond which had been broken by “the evil act” of her murder in Mauritius a week ago.

“This day last week, in the early afternoon, news began to filter through that Michaela was dead,” Bishop McAreavey said.

“In our initial shock and disbelief, our thoughts went to her husband John, Michaela’s family, and the McAreavey family.

“As the week went on, this circle widened and widened and it seems as though the world has been touched by Michaela’s death.”

It seems as if the world has been touched by her death

He said Michaela’s heartbroken husband would always cling to the memories of his wedding day.

“The fact that we gather in St Malachy’s church, Ballymacilroy, highlights that the climax of Michaela’s life was her marriage to John here on December 30,” he added.

“I stress this, because John and all who love Michaela, will want to hold the memory of that very special day rather than the day or circumstances of her death.”

The bishop also spoke of Michaela’s love for her family, and the close bond with her father, Tyrone’s All-

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