A teacher and mother of two, Dawn Croke died while heroically saving the life of a six-year-old girl from being hit by a car.
She was pronounced dead at the scene after the horror crash which took place near to St Crona’s National School in Dungloe, Ireland, Ireland.
The teacher who worked at the Rosses Community School was on the grounds with her partner Paddy McHugh and his six-year-old daughter when the incident happened on Thursday evening.
According to the Irish Mirror, Dawn pushed the little girl to safety and was subsequently hit by the jeep. An investigation into her death has been opened.
The little girl, who was also hit, was taken to hospital where she is being treated for a broken pelvis and an injury to her foot. Medics have said its likely she will make a full recovery.
In a statement the school she worked at said:
“Our school community wish to offer our sincerest condolences on the tragic death of our colleague and friend, Ms Dawn Croke.
“We offer our condolences to her father and staff member Tony Croke, his wife Anne, our student Emily, past pupils Aaron, Ethan and Adam, her partner Patrick, and her sons Jason and Calum on the sad passing of our wonderful teacher and friend Ms Dawn Croke.
“Our school wish to send our love and support to the family, school and local community at this sad time.
“We, the school community, remember with love and fondness our colleague Dawn. We pray for the family and friends at this sad time.”
The school was closed on Friday and will remain closed on Monday as a mark of respect.
A friend of the Croke family, Deputy Pat Gallagher, told the Irish Mirror:
“Dawn Croke was an exceptionally gifted individual with a massive personality and warmth that radiated from her on each occasion you met her.
“I knew Dawn well, she is a member of a well-known and much respected Dungloe family. Just last month in December she visited me in Dáil Eireann with a class from Rosses Community School.
“She later brought the class to meet Brother Kevin Crowley and visit the homeless centre in Dublin to present a cheque of €1,000, which she and the class had successfully raised for the charity.
“I have spoken earlier today to brother, Kevin to convey news of the tragedy; he recalled her visit and was greatly saddened by the tragic news.”
He added: “Dawn worked in the Rosses Community School, like her father before her who taught in the same school for many years. She was employed as a PE and Recourse teacher within the school.
“She was dearly loved by her students and her work colleagues, all of whom are devastated at the news of her untimely death.”