A young woman killed in a freak accident in Co Donegal last night was a teacher and former Mary from Dungloe contestant.

Dawn Croke, was tragically killed in an incident close to St Crona’s National School in Dungloe at approximately 6.30pm.

Ms Croke, who was in her 30s, was a teacher at the local Rosses Community School.

Her father Tony, is still a teacher at the popular school in the heart of West Donegal.


The school remains closed today as a mark of respect following the tragedy.

A notice sent to all pupils at the school 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 member of the school community.

The exact details of how the tragedy happened remain unclear.

However, Ms Croke was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy which occurred after 6pm in the town.

A six-year-old girl was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where his condition is not known.

A full investigation into the tragedy has been launched and members of the Garda forensics team are expected to arrive at the scene this morning.

Ms Croke was from a very popular local family who was steeped in the local community and the local music scene.

Members of the local Mary from Dungloe organisation last night paid tribute to Ms Croke who was the 2008 Dungloe Mary.

A spokesperson for the Mary from Dungloe committee said: “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 Gardai press office confirmed “Gardaí are investigating a fatal traffic collision at Chapel Road, Dungloe, Co. Donegal at 6.30pm on January 10, 2018.

“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.”

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