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Mickey Harte: I still miss tragic Michaela every day

By staff reporter

Published 11/05/2015

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Mickey Harte and daughter Michaela, who was murdered in 2011
Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey was murdered during her 2011 honeymoon in Mauritius
John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim
Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.
Michaela and John McAreavey
(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 at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Two men have been found not guilty of murdering Northern Ireland schoolteacher Michaela McAreavey
Newlywed Michaela McAreavey was strangled in Mauritius last January (McAreavey Family handout/PA)
John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

Mickey Harte is set to speak on television for the first time about the murder of his daughter, saying he still feels a "special connection" with Michaela.

The Tyrone GAA football manager has given an interview to a new UTV Ireland show to be screened in the Republic tonight.

Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband John McAreavey on January 10, 2011.

After they had eaten lunch at the five-star Legends hotel in the resort of Grand Gaube, the former beauty queen returned to their room to get biscuits to share with John over a cup of tea.

Her devastated husband discovered her body in the bathtub of their suite. They had been married for only 11 days.

Mr Harte spoke openly to presenter Pat Kenny on the debut of his In The Round show about his heartache and how his strong religious faith continues to help him cope with his loss on a day-to-day basis.

"I still miss her so, so much and in human terms, your heart is broken," he said. "But, on a higher level, I just feel there is a connection - a special connection - and I can only just believe that that's the work of God and the work of Michaela."

Two hotel employees - Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon - were acquitted of murder charges after a seven-week trial in Mauritius in 2012.

The murder investigation now appears to have ground to a halt.

Since Michaela's death, Mr Harte has poured his energies into the foundation set up in his daughter's name, with summer camps increasing year after year across the island.

John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim
John and Michaela McAreavey at the Giant's Causeway in north Antrim
Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.
Michaela and John McAreavey
(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 at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.
Two men have been found not guilty of murdering Northern Ireland schoolteacher Michaela McAreavey
Newlywed Michaela McAreavey was strangled in Mauritius last January (McAreavey Family handout/PA)
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella
Mickey Harte and daughter Michaela, who was murdered in 2011
Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey was murdered during her 2011 honeymoon in Mauritius
John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

Throughout the interview, Mr Harte also reflects on his extensive and hugely successful career as Tyrone manager and how it felt to lead his players to three GAA football All-Ireland Senior Championship victories.

Speaking about Tyrone's spectacular Championship win in 2008, Mr Harte described it as "a strange kind of one because of a defeat in the first round of the Ulster Championship, after a replay, after extra-time, by a single point".

"We were written off as no-hopers - some bookies made us 33 to 1," he said - before revealing he then put a bet on his team to win.

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