Northern Ireland

Mourners pay their respects to Michaela at Harte home

Michaela McAreavey nee Harte
Image caption Michaela McAreavey's body was returned to Northern Ireland on Friday

Hundreds of mourners are filling the village of Ballygawley in County Tyrone to pay their respects at the family home of Michaela McAreavey.

Mrs McAreavey, 27, daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, was found murdered in her honeymoon hotel room in Mauritius on Monday.

Her body was returned to the home of her parents on Friday evening.

Friends and neighbours lined the route close to the Harte home as the hearse carrying the body passed.

Members of the Tyrone GAA club formed a guard of honour.

Several minibuses have been ferrying large numbers of mourners from designated carparks to the Harte family home and to the local church.

Mrs McAreavey's funeral will be held next Monday at 1230 GMT at St Malachy's Church, Ballymacilroy - the same County Tyrone church where she was married.

The plane carrying the 27-year-old's remains touched down at Belfast City Airport at lunchtime on Friday.

Her husband, John, was on the flight that brought his wife of just 12 days back to her home.

He was accompanied on the flight by his father, Brendan, his brother, Brian, and Mrs McAreavey's brother, Mark.

There to meet them at the airport was the Bishop of Dromore, John McAreavey, uncle of the groom, who married them on 30 December.

The bride's three brothers were also present to escort her body home.

The coffin was covered with a purple drape as the hearse drove from the airport. The family followed in cars behind.

She was found murdered in her room at the Legends Hotel on Monday. Three men have been charged in connection with her killing.

It is thought that she interrupted thieves in her room taking money from a purse.

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