Who is Michaela McAreavey’s Husband John McAreavey?
A former athlete from Ireland, John McAreavey is now working as an accountant. He was a member of the Down senior inter-county squad as well as his hometown club, Tullylish, which played Gaelic football.
His uncle was a bishop in the Diocese of Dromore in the past; his name was John McAreavey. His wife, Michaela McAreavey, was brutally murdered in 2011 when the couple was on their honeymoon in Mauritius, and the news of her death sent shockwaves throughout Ireland.
McAreavey led his club, Tullylish, as captain for many years. In October of 2010, while serving as captain of Tullylish, he led the team to victory in the Down Intermediate Football Championship, just edging out their neighbours and rivals from Annaclone in the championship game.
McAreavey was recognized as the “man-of-the-match” after the game. In the other game, the semifinal, he had again been instrumental, first scoring a late equalizer and then assisting on the game-winning goal.
Before this, the club’s most recent victory came in the form of a junior championship in 1968. After the victory, Tullylish was given the opportunity to compete in the Down Senior Football Championship in the year that followed.
In 2008, McAreavey made his Down debut. When he made his senior debut against Donegal in the Dr McKenna Cup, he netted a hat-trick of goals. In the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2008 quarter-final against Wexford at Croke Park,
he was used as a substitute. In 2011, months after the death of his wife, Michaela Harte, the daughter of Mickey Harte, Tyrone county football team manager, he was appointed to the Down panel.