Grieving principal honours car crash teacher
The principal of a Dublin school that has been left devastated by the death of pregnant teacher Roisin Connolly has joined 100 students and parents in paying tribute to her.
Roisin (39), from Grace Park Road, Dublin, was five months pregnant with her first child when she was killed in a car crash in Carrickmacross on December 27.
Principal Fintan McCutcheon told the Herald that she was an "exceptional" and "expert" teacher.
"Roisin was an exceptional teaching colleague and friend. She was a really expert teacher with a great way about her in establishing relationships with children, parents and colleagues.
"She had a particular interest in citizenship education and human rights and children's rights education."
Mr McCutcheon said a book of condolences at the school would remain open until January "in response to the huge uptake".
Roisin was studying for an MA in human rights education at the time of her death, and was in her fourth year of teaching at Balbriggan Educate Together National School.
One young pupil, Faith Emmanuel, said on the school blog: "I was so sad when I heard about Roisin. Roisin was my teacher in first class.
"Roisin was such a nice woman. I just want to say that I really miss Roisin."
Mr McCutcheon is planning to have a permanent memorial erected in Roisin's honour.
A delegation from the school made up of staff and parents formed a guard of honour at her funeral in Donegal.