Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
Mickey Harte was already an inspiring man long before he dealt so courageously and so publically with his grief after the brutal death of his beloved daughter Michaela. The man who led Tyrone to All-Ireland glory exudes a calmness and a sense of perspective on life that clearly comes from a very deep faith.
He revealed so much of his soul in Michaela – Finding Peace, RTE’s heartbreaking documentary on the life and death of a young, 27 year old woman who touched so many hearts in so many ways.
And Michaela’s husband John has equally somehow found the faith and the strength to deal with a level of grief and tragedy that the rest of us could never imagine.
This 50 minute documentary was the work of RTE’s Northern Editor Tommie Gorman at his very best; insightful, revealing, honest, and an insight into a family that found the faith to deal with such a horrific event.
Michaela and John were married on December 30 last – and just 16 days later her Requiem Mass took place at the same Church.
Her death was headline news across the globe but the outpouring of grief and the incredible support of a community united in that grief was unprecedented, even in a part of the island that has known more than its share of tragedy.
This documentary was summed up in the final moments when Tommie Gorman asked John McAreavey if he could forgive his wife’s killers.
“Well, nothing’s impossible. I still haven’t made my mind up. There’s a calmness in me that at times I can’t understand. But the more I think about it, I realise that’s Michaela. Because I know where she is now and it’s a better place than here.”
His close friendship with his father-in-law was equally evident – but what was awe-inspiring was Mickey Harte’s ability to deal with the hardest cross a father could be asked to bear.
“I couldn’t imagine how I’d live without faith, if I didn’t believe Michaela was in a place where she could still influence our lives. It doesn’t make life any easier for us – we still miss Michaela dreadfully every day,” he said.
“There’s not a day since I heard the dreadful news that I’ve not cried a lot of times. The days ahead I will continue to do that because human emotion takes you to places that you are out of control for a while, but then you get a sense of calm, this ability to look to the higher plane and I feel blessed that I’ve got that sense of calmness that comes from God,” he added.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.