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Tyrone's Dr McKenna Cup is postponed

Updated: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 22:13

Tyrone have postponed their Dr McKenna Cup game against Fermanagh out of respect to Michaela McAreavey
Tyrone have postponed their Dr McKenna Cup game against Fermanagh out of respect to Michaela McAreavey

Tyrone's Dr McKenna Cup game against Fermanagh, due to take place on Sunday, has been postponed until after the funeral of Michaela McAreavey.

The Tyrone county took the decision following confirmation that the remains of Michaela, daughter of team manager Mickey Harte, are to return home from Mauritius on Friday.

Mr Harte had earlier expressed the wish that the game would go ahead, but following further discussions, it was decided that the team will not fulfil the fixture this weekend.

And all other GAA activities in the county have been suspended until after the funeral next Monday.

'Obviously we have been taking the wishes of the manager and the Harte family into account,' said county chairman Ciaran McLaughlin.

'We have been talking to Mickey again, we talked it through, and the conclusion we reached was that we didn't want the competition to be disrespected, because it holds a lot of memories for us. The last time Cormac (McAnallen) played was in the McKenna Cup as well.

'Now that we know what the arrangements are, that Michaela's remains are going to be back at home, and there will be a wake taking place at the time that the match would have been played, we considered the new situation.

'We approached the Ulster Council with a view to putting the match back, and they agreed that we could do that, that they would acceded to our request.'