Monday 19 March 2018

Summer camps will give us all hope – Harte

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE father of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey says his thoughts are not on justice but simply bringing something "positive" out of a "dark tragic place".

Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte hopes to establish a girls summer camp run by the Michaela Foundation in every county in his daughter's name.

Mr Harte said it was a "real tragedy" if "nothing good" at all could come out of his daughter's senseless death as she honeymooned with her husband John in Mauritius in January 2011.

"I'm not even thinking about justice I'm just thinking about is there a positive spin-off from a dark tragic place and if that is the case it isn't hopeless – it gives us all hope," he said.

Mr Harte said he was not going to be "distracted" by the trial in Mauritius, as it emerged Dassen Narayanen (28) a former security guard at the Legends Hotel, may now be charged with her murder.

"We'll find out the outcome time enough," he said.

The launch of the Michaela Foundation camp for girls aged 11 to 13 from July 22-26 at St Louis Infant School, Rathmines, Dublin, was attended by Kerry footballer Maurice Fitzgerald and GAA commentator Brian Carthy.

Mr Harte hopes to have a camp in every county by 2015 (with further information on

He added: "(Michaela) was a person who could make decisions that she felt were right for her. It wasn't to do with going with the flow or anything else, she didn't drink alcohol." He added that the camps embraced many of the things she loved – fun, faith and the Irish language.

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