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Michaela's widow John McAreavey marries fiancée who showed him 'beauty of life again' five years after honeymoon murder

John McAreavey has remarried five years after his late wife Michaela was murdered on their honeymoon in Mauritius.

The Co Down man said his fiancée helped show him the "beauty of life again" while friends expressed their happiness at his wedding to accountant Tara Brennan.

The pair got engaged in October to the unconditional joy of family and friends, including his late bride's parents.

In January 2011 tragedy struck when Co Tyrone bride Michaela (27) was found strangled to death in the bathroom of her suite at the five-star Legends hotel in the resort of Grand Gaube in Mauritius.

Previously John said his deep religious faith was the primary reason he was able to deal with Michaela's death and get his life back on track.

Speaking previously he said: "It is only in recent times, in the last year or two, that I rediscovered the faith and the real energy in my life and that the world is a beautiful place.

"And coming from a situation where everything was dark and gloomy, with no light, it is a wonderful thing for me to be able to say that I am able to love again.

"My fiancee Tara has shown me the beauty of life again, all the good things about life and what I have learned is that I am able to deal with anything that life puts in front of me because I know that I will always have God at my side."

Mr McAreavey co-founded the 'Michaela Foundation: Life Without Limits' to commemorate and celebrate the values of his wife, the daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte.

Mr McAreavey said that the murder of his wife was extremely difficult to deal with but that his faith was the key instrument in him coming to terms with it.

The murder of his wife destroyed all their hopes and dreams and Mr McAreavey said it was the first time in his life when he didn't know what to do.

"I always had a plan in life. I always knew what I was trying to achieve, always knew where I was looking to go, so to be met with a situation where there was no hope and no plan any more, I felt that the best thing for me to do was to offer my life to God and let him guide me.

"So, as I understood it, God had planted a seed of mercy in my heart as I didn't have any more feelings of bitterness and anger."

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