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The Union’s biggest cheerleaders do the least to sell its benefits… who wants a future that involves sectarianism shown in Michaela McAreavey song?

Allison Morris


Even for a place used to hatred, repugnant video was a new low

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Innocent: Michaela and John McAreavey. Credit: McAreavey Family handout

Innocent: Michaela and John McAreavey. Credit: McAreavey Family handout

Innocent: Michaela and John McAreavey. Credit: McAreavey Family handout

In 2011, I travelled to Mauritius to cover a murder. Foreign travel is not as common as it once was in journalism. The fact that such a large press pack travelled to the Indian Ocean island to cover the murder of Michaela McAreavey was a sign of just what an unusual and devastating event it was, a human tragedy on a level that was incomprehensible to many. Of the thousands of stories I’ve covered over the years, it is one that will stick with me for ever.

Until that point, Michaela was a household name only to GAA fans used to seeing her on the sidelines, cheering on the Tyrone team managed by her father, Mickey Harte.


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