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Sport helped me cope with Michaela's loss: Mickey Harte

The father of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has told how the GAA helped him cope with his grief.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte said his involvement in the county football team has kept his mind busy since his daughter's death in January 2011.

“Without a doubt (it has helped keep me busy). It's been a huge blessing throughout my life and particularly in the last few years,” he said.

“You'd often wonder what we'd have done without it and the good people who I've met through Gaelic games have been very helpful to us all.

“It's been a part of life for our children, they grew up with it, and Michaela did too. She enjoyed it and enjoyed the scene. She got a great lift out of being part of those celebrations. It'd be only right to try and create another one for her,” he said.

Mr Harte admitted that he has no plans to step down from his position as Tyrone manager until at least 2015.

He was speaking at a Celebrity Golf Classic to support the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) at Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Mr Harte was one of many well-known faces from the sporting world to take to the course for the fundraiser challenge, which saw a total of 13 teams take part.

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