Michaela McAreavey, 31 December 1983 – 10 January 2011), was discovered murdered in the bath of her hotel room while on her honeymoon in Mauritius. Her death and subsequent events prompted continued widespread international media coverage. She was the daughter of Mickey Harte, Tyrone’s multiple All-Ireland Senior Football Championship-winning Gaelic football manager.
It was Mauritius’ first tourist murder, and Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam extended his condolences to the Harte and McAreavey families.
On July 12, 2012, the two hotel workers suspected of her murder were prosecuted and found not guilty by the Supreme Court of Mauritius: they were acquitted.
Michaela McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, was a 27-year-old Irish language teacher from Glencull (Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland). She was the Ulster Rose in the Rose of Tralee in 2004.
In the words of GAA president Christy Cooney, “Michaela was a familiar face to so many GAA followers up and down the country, having been at her father’s side through what has been the most memorable period in the history of the GAA in Tyrone.”
Michaela was a devout Catholic and a Pioneer, and she was seen as religious. She was a teacher at St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon, where she headed the “Pioneer Club,” which encouraged young people to refrain from drinking.
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After McAreavey’s death, John McAreavey came out to speak on the issue.
“Firstly, let me extend my sympathies to the family of Raj. This is a tragedy for them.
“Now is a time for their mourning and grief and nothing should intrude on that.
“When it comes to getting to the truth about Michaela’s murder, nothing has been straightforward in Mauritius and neither the Hartes or myself will be deterred from pursuing justice and truth. Not today, not tomorrow and not ever.
“We will be asking the authorities to assure us that no end will be spared in securing justice for Michaela.”