first_imgPic courtesy GAA: John McAreavey and Mickey Harte with Joe Kernan and Aogán Ó Fearghail.DONEGAL are to play a challenge football match against the rest of Ulster in a memory of Michaela McAreavey, the murdered daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.The Ulster GAA confirmed Mickey and Armagh manager Joe Kernan will manage a team selected from the other eight counties of the province for the match which will take place at Casement Park in Belfast on Saturday, November 3.The Match for Michaela is the latest in a series of events for the Michaela Foundation, which aims to inspire and encourage young people Michaela’s dad Mickey Harte said he is already looking forward to the game.“Sometimes we see exhibition games where people just go through the motions, and we are not actually wanting people to come along to view an evening like that,” he said“We want them to come and view a competitive evening of football refereed under the normal rules and we as Ulster want to beat the All-Ireland champions, so definitely it’s going to be competitive.”The Tyrone man said it was important to his family to remember the life of the 27-year-old who was killed while on honeymoon last year. “We’ve lost Michaela and that’s so, so sad but we had a life with her when she was here and we know the things that she loved. We know what made her tick, so to speak, and to be able to bring these ideals to other young girls is uplifting for all of us.“I know it’s particularly uplifting for John, who maybe knew Michaela better than most of us. I believe that what we are doing would make Michaela smile,” he said.John said he wanted to do something positive for Michaela.“It acts as a good personal distraction for me and it’s good to be able to carry on the type of work that Michaela did. She really enjoyed being a teacher and working with young people in her school.“I’m doing ok. It’s not easy but I’m doing ok.” “It always overwhelms me the amount of support we have,” he added.“We’ve had that as a family, from last year and for the foundation as well now.”X Factor star Janet Devlin will perform and Irish comedian Hector Ó hEochagáin will act as compére at Casement.The Festival of Football is expected to draw people from across Ireland with traditional music and performances by volunteers from the Michaela Girls Camp, which took place during the summer. Ulster GAA President Aogan O Fearghail said: “Michaela McAreavey was first and foremost a Gael – she loved Gaelic Games and loved the Irish language and culture. We have all been enriched to have her part of our Association and our community and this event, we hope, will remember the life, heart and soul of a beautiful young woman who lost her life too soon.“I urge people from across Ireland, whether you’re interested in Gaelic Games or not, to come out to support this worthy cause and to celebrate Michaela’s memory with her husband John and the entire Harte family.”Tickets cost £10/€10 for adults and £5/€5 for children and are available from, from County Boards and GAA clubs and from participating Supervalu and Centra stores nationwide.The evening’s events last from 6pm until 10pm.More details on the poster below:CHAMPIONS DONEGAL TO FACE ULSTER SELECT IN MEMORY OF MICHAELA McAREAVEY was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHAMPIONS DONEGAL TO FACE ULSTER SELECT IN MEMORY OF MICHAELA McAREAVEYlast_img read more

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