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Sunday 16 December 2018

Gifted teacher who also shone asTV presenter

SHE may have chosen a career as a teacher but as these images show, Michaela McAreavey was also a talented TV presenter.

And with her stunning looks, natural charm and chatty personality, it was no surprise when the young Tyrone woman was asked to co-present a children's TV series on TG4.

Talented Michaela appeared in 11 episodes of the popular children's Gaelic Games programme Scil which aired on TG4 in 2006 and 2007.

The series, produced by Belfast company Ulysses Films, involved GAA skills competitions between young players and featured clubs from all over the country.

A fluent Irish speaker who was known for her passion for the GAA, Michaela was a natural choice as a presenter and was seen on screen each week refereeing matches.

Her co-presenter was another Tyrone native, Conal Martin from Eglish.

Michaela, who represented her province as the Ulster Rose in the 2004 Rose of Tralee, was an ideal role model for young fans of the show.

The daughter of Tyrone's iconic football manager Mickey Harte was also her dad's chief inspiration.

Padhraic O Ciardha, speaking on behalf of TG4, told the Herald: “Like everyone else we're shocked and saddened at the loss of such a vibrant young woman.”

Michaela appeared on TV many times, not just on TG4, but also, of course, beside her father at his football matches.

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