The father of murdered honeymoon bride Michaela Harte has revealed that prayer and his deep faith have given him the strength to keep living.

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte has also revealed that he plans to set up a charitable trust in honor of his daughter who died just days after her marriage to Down footballer John McAreavey.

Harte buried his daughter in January after she was murdered when she disturbed intruders in her hotel room on the idyllic island of Mauritius.

“First I use prayer, that’s the mantra I have. My belief in God is what sustains me through difficult times,” said Harte after he had given a motivational speech to the Irish team ahead of next month’s World Transplant games.

“Without my faith and belief in God I wouldn’t know where I’d be today. That’s the key value I have.
“Everything in life gives you new perspective, some more acute that others. Our perspective in life has been very, very different since January.”

The well known GAA boss also confirmed his intentions to set up a charity in his daughter’s memory.
He added: “It will be something people can share in an environment of learning and will be something we can offer to young people in particular.

“Hopefully, it will be somewhere where people can access certain life values.”

As his family continues to come to terms with their horrific loss, Harte thanked all those who had contacted them to offer their sympathy.

“It’s good that people care about others,” he said. “We got a lot of care and support from the whole of the country and thousands of letters and cards. Collectively, they made a difference.”

GAA legend Mickey Harte pictured with his late daughter Michaela, on her wedding dayFamily handout