Donegal woman dies after pushing little girl out of the path of jeep
Tributes have been paid to a woman who saved a child's life moments before she was killed in an accident in Donegal.
Dawn Croke, a mother of two young boys, died instantly when she was struck by a jeep in the grounds of St Crona's National School in Dungloe yesterday evening.
Ms Croke was with her partner Paddy McHugh and his six-year-old daughter when the tragedy occurred at around 6.30pm, reports the Irish Independent.
A white Ford Ranger which had been parked nearby suddenly moved in the girl's direction.
It's understood that Ms Croke quickly pushed her out of the way and was hit by the vehicle.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child was brought to Letterkenny University Hospital where she is being treated for a broken pelvis and a foot injury.
Rosses Community School, where Ms Croke was a teacher, has expressed its condolences in the wake of her death.
"Our school wish to send our love and support to the family, school and local community at this sad time," it said in a statement.
Local TD Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher said that there was shock in the community over the tragedy.
"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.
"She was dearly loved by her students and her work colleagues, all of whom are devastated at the news of her untimely death."