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Michaela's widower John McAreavey sees 'beauty of life again' as he remarries five years after honeymoon murder

Bereaved GAA star looks to future as he ties knot with new love Tara

By Cate McCurry

It's a love story that blossomed from a new friendship into a whirlwind romance and helped John McAreavey see the "beauty of life again".

Some five years after his late wife Michaela was murdered on their honeymoon in Mauritius, the Co Down man has remarried.

John and Tara Brennan exchanged vows earlier this month - almost a year after the pair got engaged last October - to the joy of family and friends, including his late bride's parents.

It first emerged that the two were a couple in January 2014, although it's understood their relationship had started months before that.

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 cope with Michaela's death and get his life back on track.

According to reports, John met his now wife, Tara, a fellow accountant, in Dublin in January 2013 through work.

After a mutual friend introduced the pair, they quickly hit it off, and friendship soon blossomed into love. They holidayed together in New York where they watched an NBA basketball game together and he took her to a lifelong friend's wedding in Belfast around Christmas a couple of years ago.

The smitten couple are often seen taking part in various charity events, including a fundraiser for Pieta House, a suicide crisis centre, and Team Hope Ireland.

Mr McAreavey has used his social media accounts to declare his love for the Co Kildare native while also posting photographs of the pair enjoying meals together.

He 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.

Tara is also involved in the Michaela Summer Camps which take place in schools across Northern Ireland every year.

Last October the happy young couple set tongues wagging when Tara was spotted wearing a large sparkling diamond ring on her wedding finger at the premiere of the James Bond movie, Spectre, in Belfast.

As well as his faith, John has also credited his bride Tara with helping him get his life back on track.

Speaking last year 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."

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