Saturday 3 December 2016

Mickey Harte: My heart will always be broken after Michaela's murder

Published 10/05/2015 | 20:21

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his daughter Michaela in 2005
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his daughter Michaela in 2005

Mickey Harte says he will always have a broken heart following the tragic death of his daughter Michaela while on honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband John McAreavey in 2011

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In an in-depth interview with Pat Kenny - due to be aired tomorrow night on UTV Ireland at 9pm - Harte reveals that he will always have a broken heart but takes comfort that he knows his daughter is safe with God.

The GAA manager has poured his energies into the foundation set up in Michaela's name, with youngsters taking part in summer camps increasing throughout the island.

However, on another island half a world away, police hunting Michaela's killers say there has been no new breakthrough.

“I still miss her so so much and in human terms, your heart is broken," says Harte.

"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 – because she had such a belief and that gives me great help, because she so believed in God and believed that was her purpose in life, to work her way towards God.”

Harte also speaks about Tyrone's famous All Ireland win in 2008 and reacts to Pat Spillane's infamous "puke football" comment.

“To suggest that is was puke football, just because Kerry didn’t win in his eyes, and we were supposed to be ultra-defensive, but we had 9 points by half-time – I think it was 9-2 or something," says Harte.

"Well you couldn’t be totally defensive if you’re getting 9 points and the game ended up being won by something like 13-6, so we were actually playing more offensive football than Kerry were on the day, because we had the results to show it.”   

Watch Harte speak on "puke football" here: 

John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day.
John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day.
John and Michaela McAreavey
Memories: The late Michaela Harte with her husband John McAreavey
Newlywed Michaela McAreavey was strangled in Mauritius last January (McAreavey Family handout/PA)
Michaela Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius have confirmed

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