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Husband of tragic Michaela McAreavey hopeful of getting justice

By Anna Maguire

John McAreavey has said he is still hopeful of getting justice for his late wife Michaela (below), who was murdered during the couple’s honeymoon in Mauritius.

Michaela’s young widower, who has returned to work, said he is now channelling his energy into the positive work of the Michaela Foundation, set up in memory of the late beauty queen.

A fresh police investigation has been launched after the authorities in Mauritius were severely criticised when two men accused of murdering the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte in 2011 were found not guilty.

Asked if he is hopeful of getting convictions in Mauritius for the murder of the 27-year-old Tyrone teacher, Mr McAreavey said: “Yes. You have to see these things through and that’s what I’m hoping to do.

“We are speaking to the right people. We are in contact with the authorities out there so hopefully, please God, down the line we will see something.”

Michaela’s father, Tyrone GAA legend Mickey Harte, said a camp which started this summer in memory of his daughter had breathed new life into those who loved her. Over the summer, girls aged 11 to 13 took part in activities at a Michaela Foundation camp.

Mr Harte told UTV: “I think it was very well-timed. John and Mark had just come home from the trial in Mauritius and obviously well jaded from that experience. And you could just see each day as the camp went on, almost a new life breathed into all of them.”

Mr McAreavey said working with the youngsters at the camp “certainly was a change of emotions”.

“I was just really glad to be in among family and friends and do something positive for a week,” he added.

After the failure to secure convictions in the marathon trial he endured in Mauritius, Mr McAreavey said he remained hopeful about the future.

“It was very tiring and taxing out there, [we were there for] a long, long time but thankfully we got through it,” he said.

On November 3, Casement Park will host a fundraiser Match for Michaela, with All-Ireland champions Donegal taking on an Ulster select.

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