Baby joy for John McAreavey as wife Tara gives birth to second child

John McAreavey and his wife Tara have announced the birth of their second child.

The couple, who are also parents to two year old James, took to Twitter to welcome the arrival of baby girl Lily and praise mum Tara.

John tweeted: “Welcome to the gang Lily. Tara you’re amazing.”

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John shared a selection of photos of touching family moments, including one of him taking his daughter home from the hospital for the first time.

He revealed the happy news that they were expanding their family after celebrating his birthday at home back in August.

John and Tara first met in Galway in 2012 after he decided to take a holiday following a football match in memory of his late wife Michaela.

He said they texted each other for a while, taking things slow before they started dating – though he felt a spark right away. The couple got engaged in October 2015 and tied the knot in a romantic and private ceremony in Kildare in 2016.

In October 2020, they welcomed their first child, a baby boy named James.

Family gather under the tree
The McAreaveys at Christmas before new baby’s arrival

Michaela was just 27 when she was strangled in her room at the Legends Hotel on the Indian Ocean island on January 10, 2011.

The Co Tyrone teacher, who had married John 10 days earlier, was attacked after she returned to her room alone and disturbed a burglary.

No one has been convicted of murdering the daughter of Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

While John said the spark between himself and Tara was instant, she was the first woman he had spoken to since his wife’s death and says that it was “completely innocent” at first.

Recalling the exact date of their first meeting, John previously recalled: “It was a Saturday night, November 10, 2012.”

John and Tara got engaged in October 2015 and tied the knot in September 2016 in County Kildare.

Entrepreneur John, who owns sweet company Hey Candy, previously admitted the tragic murder of his first wife Michaela on their honeymoon in Mauritius has caused him to fear Tara will be taken from him too.

He said: “No girl dreams about getting married to a young man who has been married before and whose wife has been tragically murdered. She’s fiercely protective of me. All she ever wants to know if that I’m okay.”

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BelfastLive – Co Tyrone