Monday 24 October 2016

I miss Michaela 'so, so much', Mickey Harte tells Pat Kenny


Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates All-Ireland victory with daughter Michaela in 2003.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates All-Ireland victory with daughter Michaela in 2003.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Tyrone v Louth, Healy Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Picture: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile.
John McAreavey and Michaela McAreavey, whose family say they have been informed about new developments in the murder investigation (Irish News/PA)

GAA coach Mickey Harte has spoken of his heartache at the murder of his daughter Michaela saying he misses her "so, so much".

He was interviewed by Pat Kenny for the broadcaster's return to television which will be broadcast on UTV Ireland tonight.

Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband John McAreavey in 2011.

Mickey told Pat about how his strong religious faith continues to help him cope with his loss on a day-to-day basis.

"I still miss her so, so much and, in human terms, your heart is broken. But, on a higher level, I just feel there is a connection - a special connection - and I can only just believe that that's the work of God and the work of Michaela," Mickey said.

Two hotel employees were acquitted of murdering Michaela after a trial in Mauritius in 2012.

Meanwhile, Pat has said of his return to TV that he is not feeling the pressure of being the new station's biggest name.

"I've done so much TV at this stage that people know what I can do, I'm not suddenly about to change at 9pm tonight," he said.


"I'm not going to start tightrope walking or juggling," he quipped.

His show, Pat Kenny in the Round, sees him interview guests in an hour-long discussion. It is recorded in front of an audience of 150 people in the Round Room in the Mansion House.

"The show is an open book. No one is expecting it to be perfect straight away. We want to put out high-quality content, but there still might be tweaks about certain things," he told the Herald.

The 67-year-old is confident that people will like the show and he said his decision to join the broadcaster was simply down to a desire to return to TV.

"I wanted to keep doing some telly and I knew RTE weren't asking me back any time soon so I joined UTV Ireland - there was no big controversy," he said.



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