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Delight for John as he moves on from heartache

JOHN McAreavey has become close to a pretty Dublin-based accountant in an attempt to move on from the devastation of his honeymoon.

It has been three years since the murder of John's wife Michaela (27) while the couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011.

And friends have revealed that the widower has now found happiness and has struck up a close relationship with Tara Brennan, an accountant from Maynooth, Co Kildare.


Michaela's parents have also given their blessing to John's new relationship.

It said that that the pair have been spotted in John's native Lawrencetown on the outskirts of Banbridge, Co Down, on a series of dates in recent months, to the delight of close family and friends.

It was reported over the weekend that the pair have been seeing a lot of each other for a good number of months now.

The two met through work and have since travelled to New York together, attended a close pal's wedding and Tara even spent New Year's with him in Lawrencetown.

Considerate John visited Mickey Harte and his wife Marian "out of respect" to tell them that he had met someone.

"They always wanted him to meet someone and are delighted," a source said. "He's been through so much between the murder and then the trial.

"The boys are always slagging him that they never see him anymore because he's always with Tara but she's lovely and very easy to get on with so she's just fitted into the group."

And everyone in the parish is said to be delighted for John.

The weekend report said: "The locals are very protective of him. But they're secretly delighted to see him out enjoying a young lady's company.

"After Michaela's death, people thought he'd never find happiness again, so are thrilled he's been able to move on this way.

"He's had a hard cross to bear and it's taken place in the spotlight which has been difficult to cope with at times."


John recently tweeted a picture of the two of them at a charity 3km fun-run in Maynooth on St Stephen's Day in aid of the 3Ts charity. And earlier posted photos of their trip to New York including one of Tara in a cafe with the caption: "With her first ever cup of coffee".

However, John, who has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter, posted his displeasure at the intrusion into his private life over the weekend saying: "3 years on and vile reporters still landing at my front door.

"Any chance of some peace and respect?"

John and Michaela had been married for only 11 days when she was found dead in their suite on January 10, 2011. Police in Mauritius have not looked at the case in more than a year, according to a recent report.

The Michaela Foundation funds a bursary for university students and a summer camp for girls aged 11 to 13.