Thousands turn out to launch Michaela Foundation

Mon, Nov 5, 2012, 00:00

Almost 20,000 people who attended the Match for Michaela at Belfast’s Casement Park on Saturday enjoyed a night of music and dancing, and a fine game between an Ulster selection and All- Ireland champions Donegal.

Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius with John McAreavey. He said the night was about celebrating her “sense of fun and faith” and launching the Michaela Foundation.

The foundation will run girls’ summer camps, offer student scholarships and eventually result in a centre being built to promote “life without limits”.

Her father Mickey Harte said: “People came here with a smile on their face and went home with a smile on their face.”

Former Ireland rugby players David Humphreys and Trevor Ringland were there, as were Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes, TV presenter Paddy Kielty and actor Ardal O’Hanlon.

Peter Robinson turned up with Martin McGuinness and posed for the photograph above which shows (from left) Mr McGuinness, Mr McAreavey, Mr Harte and Mr Robinson.