Monday 22 January 2018

Mickey Harte: 'We're happy John has been able to move on with his life'

John McAreavey and Tara Brennan - in an image tweeted by John McAreavey
John McAreavey and Tara Brennan - in an image tweeted by John McAreavey
Tyrone Football manager Mickey Harte
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Mickey Harte has spoken of his happiness at John McAreavey moving on with his life.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that widower John had begun a relationship with Tara Brennan,more than three years after his wife Michaella McAreavey was killed on their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2011.

"He's getting on very well and speaking on well-grounded young men, John's a very sound man - he has a great take on life and carries himself with dignity," Mickey told the Ray D'Arcy show on Today FM.

"We're happy for him that he's been able to move on with his life in view of what he had to endure when he was out in Mauritius.

"It's just amazing. He's such a good, strong young man and a solid citizen and carrying on his life to the best he can and we're very supportive of him doing that," Mickey added.

The Tyrone manager was on the programme to promote a new fundraising event for the Michaella Foundation, with a host of sporting stars including Brian O'Driscoll, descending on Carton House for a sit down meal with ticket buyers.

John and Tara met each other a year ago through their work and said they hit it off instantly.

"I just happened to bump into a lovely girl," he said in January.. "We started talking and we connected; it blossomed from there.

"I had no qualms or worries. I didn't feel like I had done anything wrong because it just happened naturally. I firmly believe it was something God put in my path.

"I've been very, very fortunate. Tara is a wonderful person. We got on really well and we're very good friends. That relationship continues to blossom and I'm just so thankful she came into my life."

"Michaela will always be a part of my life," he continued.

"I don't see Michaela as being completely lost. She's just in a different place now and I know she is happy now.

"Times have been difficult but we have managed to get through it."

 John took the Kildare woman to his lifelong friend's wedding in Belfast before Christmas and the pair enjoyed a break in New York together in August.

John (33) credited his faith and relationship with God with getting his life back on track after the murder of his wife in their honeymoon resort in Mauritius in January 2011.

"The first number of months, I still felt like I was very much in shock," he said of the death of Michaela.

"But I had great support from my family and friends and also my faith in God was my number one factor that got me through that period."







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