The death of Michaela Harte has shocked and saddened the entire country. As a former Rose of Tralee contestant and the daughter of GAA manager Mickey she has frequently appeared on TV.
In the past fortnight, the vibrant Michaela celebrated both her marriage to Down footballer John McAreavey and her 27th birthday. The young couple went on honeymoon to a paradise destination with great plans for their life together.
The tragedy that befell them seems all the worse because of the circumstances.
No one can begin to understand the pain of the Harte and McAreavey families today. Bishop John McAreavey summed it up best when he said that "a light has gone out for so many".
There isn't a parent in the country who has seen a son or daughter fly off on a trip of a lifetime whose thoughts won't be with the grieving families today.