1000s at funeral of murdered Irish bride

2011-01-17 22:11

Ballygawley - Thousands of mourners, including Ireland's president, attended the funeral of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey on Monday in the church where she was married.

McAreavey, the 27-year-old daughter of Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, a major sporting figure in Ireland, was found strangled in her hotel room in Mauritius last week.

The murder has dominated news headlines in the Irish Republic and in British-controlled Northern Ireland, where First Minister Peter Robinson made a special statement to the province's assembly on her death.

"This is one of the rare tragedies that has captured public attention and united the community in grief," Robinson said.

Irish funerals are usually well attended, but Harte's service was the biggest in the province in years. Over 400 people crammed into St Malachey's Church in the small village of Ballygawley for the ceremony while another 300 followed it from under a marquee erected in the church grounds.

Thousands watched the service on large television screens.

Three hotel employees have been charged in connection with McAreavey's murder.

Her husband's uncle, the Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, who married the couple, conducted the funeral service.

The former beauty queen contestant and Irish language teacher was known for being by her father's side during his All-Ireland football triumphs with the Northern Irish county of Tyrone.

She was buried in her wedding gown.

  • William - 2011-01-18 00:51

    Words fail one, so sad.

  • Nico - 2011-01-18 02:22

    Sad :-(

  • Dan - 2011-01-18 06:40

    What is it with these British honeymoon murders. Almost like a plane crash - if one goes down you know 2 or 3 will following in the coming weeks. Good to see she was not married to Dewani too. I suppose the police will not make the same stupid mistake the SA police did with Dewani and leave her husband out of the investigation too. The Mauritian people are so kind and "peace loveing" I just cannot believe it was a standard act of petty crime.

      Eduard_Khil - 2011-01-18 07:25

      trolling to hard there son

      Roger 01 - 2011-01-18 08:01

      Dan, you havn't the foggiest idea of what goes on in Mauritious. She may well have been raped, they have that problem!

  • Stollie - 2011-01-18 06:51

    terrible and tragic

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