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It’s hard to describe how vile the Michaela McAreavey song is or how low the life that would find it acceptable

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Eleven years ago, I attended the funeral of Michaela McAreavey in St Malachy’s Church, Ballymacilroy, Co Tyrone. It was an unforgettable day, for many reasons. One of which was that it seemed the universal revulsion at her murder on honeymoon in Mauritius had brought out the best in people here.

Back then, I wrote how in years to come people would still struggle to make sense of how a kind and devout young woman with her whole life opening up in front of her could fly off on holiday days after her wedding and return home in a coffin. Amid that dreadful horror, it would have been unimaginable that, just over a decade later, a song would exist which mocked her death and the grief of her family.

But shamefully such a song does exist and this week it was broadcast to an unsuspecting world via a video released on social media from a drunken indoors function apparently under the auspices of the Orange Order’s Northern Ireland centenary celebrations.

It is hard to describe how distasteful it is, how vile, how low the life would be who would find such appalling behaviour acceptable. Men with mothers, sisters, wives and daughters laughing at the brutal killing of a 27-year-old teacher.

The song, of course, is fuelled by sectarianism against Michaela and her Catholic family.

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Yes, it isn’t in any way representative of Ulster Protestant feeling. No, it’s emanating from the knuckle-dragging outliers of loyalist opinion and loutish behaviour – male,........

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