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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Tragic car victim Mona was 'more than a teacher'

Mona Clarke was hit by a car while walking with her husband
Mona Clarke was hit by a car while walking with her husband

A woman who died after being hit by a car while walking with her husband was "more than just a teacher", her school principal said.

Mona Clarke (53) was killed when a car hit her on the N2 at Clonavogy near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.

The tragedy occurred shortly after 1pm on Saturday as Mrs Clarke was walking along the road with her GP husband, Michael Clarke (60).

Dr Clarke received minor injuries, while the driver of the vehicle was unharmed.

Patrick McArdle, the principal of Beech Hill College, where Mrs Clarke taught, described her as a "fantastic teacher" and a "real lady".

Vulnerable

"For the past 32 years at Beech Hill College, Mrs Clarke has been an inspiration to so many, a support to vulnerable students and a friend to all," he said.

"She was a fantastic teacher, she supported, encouraged and motivated students to reach their potential and follow their dreams.

"Mrs Clarke was more than just a teacher, she enjoyed having friendly chats with students about maintaining healthy lifestyles and enjoying the outdoors.

"She gave sound advice to students about staying in school and aiming for college. She always encouraged students to stick together and to take care of each other. As a colleague she was always supportive and showed tremendous leadership at all levels of the school.

"She was a real lady and will be missed by all who knew her."

Teachers, students and retired staff gathered at Beech Hill College yesterday morning to remember Mrs Clarke.

After Saturday's accident, she was initially treated by emergency services at the scene before being airlifted to St James's Hospital in Dublin.

The couple, who were married for 30 years, saw the vehicle head towards them but Mrs Clarke was unable to get out of the way in time.

Her children, Andrew (27) and Evie (23), said Mrs Clarke was well known for her love of running, music, card games and literature, especially crime novels.

Officers at Castleblayney Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

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