Popular teacher dies after being struck by auto

Dawn Croke

Dawn Croke

The teacher was sadly declared dead at the scene.

Dawn is survived by her father Tony, also a teacher at Rosses Community School, and her mother Anne, brothers and sister as well as her own two little boys Jason and Calum.

Dawn was killed when she was struck by a jeep in the grounds of St Crona's National School in the town on Thursday evening.

Dawn Croke was an exceptionally gifted individual with a massive personality and warmth that radiated from her on each occasion you met her.

The school was closed on Friday out of respect to the family and will be closed again on Monday when the funeral will take place.

In a statement, Rosses Community School has offered its sincerest condolences on the tragic death of "our colleague and friend".

The six-year-old daughter of Ms Croke's partner, Patrick McHugh, was injured by the runaway vehicle, but was saved by the quick-thinking action of fearless Ms Croke who pushed her out of the way. Her beauty was also within her.

"I would like to offer my honest condolences to the family of the late Dawn Croke who sadly passed away today".

Popular teacher dies after being struck by auto

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teacher who died following a collision in Dungloe, Co. Dawn was the Dungloe Mary in 2008 my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this hard time.

Pat Gallagher, Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal and a friend of Ms Croke's, said the community was in shock.

"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".

Authorities are investigating what caused the vehicle to move forward and plow into Croke, a physical education and resource teacher at the local Rosses Community School. An investigation into her death has been opened.

He said: "I wish to express my deepest sympathies and my profound personal sadness to her parents, her sons, her siblings, to her work colleagues and her wider circle of family and friends".

She was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital, where her condition is not known.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those that are grieving from this tragic accident".

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