A young teacher has been killed in an horrific road accident involving a 4×4 near a school yesterday evening.
Dawn Croke, who was in her 30s, was declared dead at the scene – close to St Crona’s National School in Dungloe, Northern Ireland.
A six-year-old girl who was also hit by the vehicle was taken to University Hospital Letterkenny.
Today friends and colleagues paid tribute to Dawn, who worked at Rosses Community School where her father is also a teacher.
She was also a former pageant contestant in Ireland’s popular Mary From Dungloe International Festival.
One woman paying tribute on Facebook wrote: “Heaven has surely gained the most stunning angel of all.”
A notice sent to all pupils read “Rosses Community School will be closed tomorrow due to a bereavement in the school community.
“Our condolences to the family. The school will be open from 9.30am for support for all members of the school community.”
Dawn took part in the Mary from Dungloe contest in 2008. The event centres on a pageant to find out which contestant has ‘the spirit of the festival’.
A spokesperson for the Mary from Dungloe committee said: “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the late Dawn Croke who sadly passed away today.
“Dawn was the Dungloe Mary in 2008, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.
“We are asking committee members and Mary’s past and present to join us for a guard of honour at Dawn’s funeral.”
A spokesman for the Garda press office confirmed: “Gardaí are investigating a fatal traffic collision at Chapel Road, Dungloe, Co. Donegal at 6.30pm on January 10.
“A woman in her 30s was fatally injured when she was struck by a car.
“A six-year-old girl was also injured and has been taken to University Hospital Letterkenny.
“The driver of the car was not injured.”