Cllr Denise Mullen: Mickey Harte Is A Titan To Us All
Aontú Deputy Leader & Cllr for Mid Ulster, Denise Mullen, has expressed her sincere thanks to Tyrone Senior Football Team Mickey Harte for his more than 30 years’ service to Tyrone GAA and his inspirational advocacy off the field.
Cllr Mullen: “To the people of Tyrone, Mickey Harte has been a titan to the GAA community for nigh on the past 30 years. He coached the golden generation of Tyrone GAA players, leading the Senior Team to three All-Irelands and six Ulster Football Championships. Additionally, he had previously coached Tyrone’s minor and U-21 teams to All-Ireland glory. He overcame great personal tragedy and loss, with the murder of his beloved daughter Michaela McAreavy. His faith and inspiration to others, are testament to the strength of character he has shown. Stories from across the country recount his support for others and his kindness and compassion for those most in need. One person I spoke to recounted when the Tyrone team visited the Crumlin hospital, Harte visited their little child struggling with asthma and couldn’t praise him higher.”
“Off the pitch, Mickey Harte never shied away from standing up for the values and beliefs so pivotal to who he was. Indeed, in the 2018 referendum on the 8th Amendment, Harte unapologetically put forward his opposition to abortion and his fidelity to protecting life. He powerfully spoke out against abortion, and the undeniable importance of protecting the most vulnerable members of Irish society.”
“Ireland and Tyrone owes a huge debt to not only the Coach Mickey Harte was, but the person Mickey Harte is and has always been. His strength, faith and leadership are an inspiration to us all and if ever a man deserved to enjoy his retirement, it is Mickey Harte.”