Murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey, has been laid to rest in Co. Tyrone, in scenes representing a Hollywood funeral.
Just over two weeks ago Michaela was walked down the aisle by her father, she has now returned home, and been carried down the same aisle by that same man, and her husband of two weeks.
Michaela, a 27 year old Irish teacher, was found dead by her husband in their Mauritius hotel room after confronting three robbers on her honeymoon.
Members of the Tyrone Gaelic football team, helped carry Michaela’s coffin through the village of Ballymacilroy to St Malachy’s church, where she married John McAreavey on 30 December.
Amongst the thousands in attendance were; Irish President Mary McAleese, the Primate of the Catholic Church in Ireland – Cardinal Sean Brady, and Northern Irelands First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Michaela, who was buried in her wedding dress, was given a guard of honour by the Tyrone Gaelic Football team, and pupils of St Patricks Academy in Dungannon where she had worked, as she arrived at the church.
There were symbols representing the beautiful, but short life of the former beauty queen at the beginning of the service.
A family photograph represented her love and time for family, along with a rosary beed symbolising her deep faith. A rose could be seen representing a symbol of her beauty and love.
Three men have been charged with the murder of Michaela, with all three being members of staff at the hotel to which she was supposed to enjoy the happiest two weeks of her short life.
The Bishop of Drumore John McAreavey, who is the uncle of the groom, spoke about the couples love for one another.
“Even those of us who are older and who have had some experience of tragedy have been shaken to the core by what has happened,”
“We are still in a state of shock.”