Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Michaela Harte McAreavey funeral: Thousands say final goodbye to murdered honeymoon bride

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.
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.
Poignant message and flowers from Michaela McAreavey's family
Margaret Ritchie and Basil McCrea arrive for Michaela McAreavey's funeral
Order of Service funeral of Michaela McAreavey
Order of Service at funeral of Michaela McAreavey at St Malachy's Church
Irish President Mary McAlease and her husband Martin
Michaela McAreavey's cortege makes its way to the church
Michaela McAreavey's husband John wears his wedding ring as the cortege makes its way to the church
Michaela McAreavey's husband John kisses her coffin as her remains are carried to St Malachy's Church in Ballygawley for her funeral mass.
Irish president Mary McAleese attends the funeral of Michaele McAreavey.
The funeral cortege of Michaela McAreavey arrives at St Malachy's church outside Ballygawley.
Michaela McAreavey's remains arrive for burial at St Malachy's church, Ballygawley. She was killed whilst on honeymoon in Mauritius.
Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attends the funeral of Michaela McAreavey.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams attends the funeral of Michaela McAreavey.
Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone
John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon
Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey
John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.
The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.
The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.
Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.
The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.
Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home
Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck
John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck
A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport. Friday January 14, 2011.
Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day
Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..
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
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.
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

Heartbroken gaelic football manager Mickey Harte helped shoulder the coffin for his murdered newly-wed daughter as thousands of people joined the funeral cortege.

One of Northern Ireland's busiest roads was blocked to all traffic as mourners made their way to St Malachy's church outside Ballygawley where Michaela McAreavey, 27, was buried in her wedding dress.

Irish President Mary McAleese was among those who attended the funeral of Tyrone GAA manager Harte's daughter. Many others followed the cortege from the family home in bright winter sunshine.

It was one of the biggest funerals in Northern Ireland for several years, with political and community representatives from all sides attending.

The roads were lined with hundreds of GAA fans and friends of the young Irish language teacher who was strangled in her honeymoon suite in Mauritius a week ago - just days after she was married in the same church where Requiem Mass was held.

Her widower John, parents Mickey and Marian, and brothers Mark, Michael and Mattie have been devastated by the death. Mr McAreavey and Mr Harte carried the coffin in sombre silence.

You can leave of messages of condolence to the Harte and McAreavey families here

Tyrone senior gaelic football team members and local club Errigal Ciaran, which Mr Harte used to manage, provided a guard of honour from her parents' home to the church. On arrival, another guard of honour was provided by Mr McAreavy's local football club, Tullylish in Co Down, and Mrs McAreavey's form class at St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon.

Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady presided over the Mass.

Mourners heard about the couple's deep abiding love for each other.

Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, the groom's uncle, said they lived for one another and supported each other. Their lives revolved around one another and each talked endlessly about the other.

He told mourners inside the packed church: "Their hopes for the future were bound up with each other."

He said an evil act had ended Mrs McAreavey's young life and robbed Mr McAreavey of a beautiful wife.

It deprived the Harte family of a precious daughter and sister and the McAreavey family of a daughter-in-law they looked forward to having. It had shattered hopes and dreams for the future.

The bishop said: "Even those of us who are older and who have had some experience of tragedy have been shaken to the core by what has happened. We are still in a state of shock."

A number of symbols were presented at the start of the Mass by members of Mrs McAreavey's family.

They included a family photograph representing her love of family, the source of her truth, integrity and devotion.

Prayer was a part of daily life and rosary beads symbolised her deep faith.

From an early age the Irish teacher held a great love of the language and that was shown by the fainne, an emblem worn by people who speak Irish. That led her to touch young minds and hearts.

The pioneer pin of somebody who does not drink alcohol on religious grounds reflected Mrs McAreavey's Catholic faith in action.

She was the Ulster Rose in the Rose of Tralee beauty contest in 2004 and the flower was presented as a symbol of beauty and love.

As Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson addressed representatives at Stormont as the legislature reconvened after its Christmas break, he said the 27-year-old's tragic death had captured public attention and united people in grief.

Mr Robinson said the young teacher had been a valued relative and friend to those who shared her life, but that their warm tributes meant many more people now felt they knew her. Ulster Unionist representative Danny Kennedy, who said he knew the McAreavey family, extended his sympathies to the young woman's bereaved relatives and those of her husband John.

TRAGEDY HAS 'UNITED THE COMMUNITY IN GRIEF'

Memories of the murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey have united people in grief, Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said.

The DUP leader addressed representatives at Stormont as the legislature reconvened after its Christmas break and said the tragic death of the 27-year-old had captured public attention.

Mr Robinson said the young teacher had been a valued relative and friend to those who shared her life, but that their warm tributes meant many more people now felt they knew her.

He said: "This isn't a time to talk about the circumstances of her tragic death, but we do want to see justice done, and we support those in Mauritius who are engaged in that task.

"Any life taken away by murder is a horrific event, all the more so when it is of a young person.

"The loss is even more harrowing and devastating because the victim in this case was a beautiful young woman who was on her honeymoon.

"Michaela was known to a wide circle of family and friends, but this past week I believe we now all feel that we knew her.

"From the stories that we have heard, from seeing her on television, and reading in our newspapers.

"This is one of the rare tragedies that has captured public attention and united the community in grief."

Ulster Unionist representative Danny Kennedy, who said he knew the McAreavey family, extended his sympathies to the young woman's bereaved relatives and those of her husband John.

"It is difficult to comprehend the trauma and grief that they are feeling today," he said.

"For such a young life to end in such circumstances seems at times unreal.

"This tragedy has touched many people across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and I would like to pay tribute to the dignified manner in which both the Harte and McAreavey families have conducted themselves in what is an unimaginably difficult time."

Members of all Northern Ireland's main political parties have extended their sympathies to the bereaved families.

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