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Mickey Harte: 'I'm trying to stay detached from trial'

MICKEY Harte last night told how he is attempting to put the pre-trial proceedings of his daughter's alleged murderers to the back of his mind as he focuses on family life.

The father of Michaela Harte said he was "detached" from this week's legal events taking place in Mauritius, where his daughter was murdered whilst on her honeymoon.

The Tyrone football manager attended the solemn Novena celebrations in Limerick yesterday, where he addressed a packed gathering on his experiences of bereavement at Corpus Christi church in Moyross.

Mr Harte said his family life was more important to him than the initial court case for his daughter's murder. "I'm detached from that. To me, that is another issue that is happening somewhere else. We are dealing with the issues, right with us at home in our own family. That will focus all our attention and we wouldn't be distracted by anything like that," he said.

"If we want to be distracted we will do it through sport, through our own good friends and family and those are the people that bring us through the times that are tough and that is enough to be focused on at the minute.

"I am not particularly involved in any of that (legal proceedings)."

Mr Harte said he was not following any coverage of the trial, unless it hits him in the face.

"I am not looking for it," he said.

Speaking in Moyross, a community that has suffered numerous tragedies, Mr Harte said his faith and belief in a higher power helped his family through the aftermath of Michaela's murder.

"God and Michaela will give us the strength to cope with the difficult times and it is probably when the times are difficult that they are more close to us and I believe that," he said.

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