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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Michaela Harte McAreavey: Thousands to pay last respects

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.
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

Mourners from throughout Ireland will converge on Co Tyrone today to pay their last respects at the funeral of honeymoon murder victim Michaela Harte McAreavey.

Thousands are expected to attend requiem Mass for Mrs McAreavey, 27, daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

The funeral, at St Malachy's Church, Ballymacilroy -- just a few miles outside the Co Tyrone village of Ballygawley -- will be one of the biggest the county has ever witnessed.

Michaela has been laid out in her coffin in the wedding dress she walked down the aisle in just two weeks ago.



Grieving husband John McAreavey will bury his sweetheart in the graveyard beside the church where they married days after Christmas.

Senior officials from the GAA including president Christy Cooney will be joined by Gaelic games activists from every corner of the country.

As Michaela's coffin is taken from her parents' home on the nearby Glencull Road, where hundreds have visited during a two-day wake since her remains arrived back in Ireland, players from Mickey Harte's Tyrone team and his home club Errigal Ciaran will form a guard of honour.

Outside the church her coffin will be flanked by John's team-mates from the Tullylish GAA club in Co Down and pupils from the late Irish teacher's form class in St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon.

Three giant television screens and dozens of speakers were yesterday erected in a marquee on the church grounds, outside the church gates and in a car park across the road.

The marquee for 300 people has been erected to cope with some of the overspill from the 400-capacity church.

Countless more are expected to stand outside in the car park and beyond

Cardinal Sean Brady will be among senior clerics at a funeral Mass led by Mr McAreavey's uncle, Bishop John McAreavey, who married the couple on December 30.

Michaela's rosary beads, a pioneer pin representing her abstinence from alcohol, a Fainne symbolising her love of the Irish language and a Tyrone jersey are all expected to be placed at the altar.

After Mass, her coffin will be carried over a small stream to the adjoining cemetery for burial. In a major logistical operation that has been well rehearsed during the two-day public wake at the family home nearby, traffic diversions will be in place, and buses available to transport people to the church.

Yesterday afternoon, thousands of people queued for hours in near silence to pay their respects to both families.

Additional buses were used to ferry the unprecedented throngs along the narrow country roads between specially created car parks and the Harte family home.

Inside, on what should have been the day Michaela returned home from her honeymoon, the tragic bride was laid out in her wedding dress with her grieving husband John close by.

Mickey and Marian Harte joined their son-in-law and three sons, alongside their daughter's casket, to receive the sympathies of the hundreds who converged to pay their respects.

Among the mourners yesterday was Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

"I cannot believe the strength and the courage it must have taken that devastated family to receive all those people," remarked one man outside.

"She looked so beautiful, so serene. It would just break your heart to see those poor parents sitting beside their daughter's coffin.

"It would draw tears from a stone," said one woman, who had travelled from Grange, Co Sligo, to pay her respects.

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