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'Whole school will miss her' - teacher dies on mother's day after fall

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Tragic Lynn Browne died just one day after celebrating her 40th birthday

Tragic Lynn Browne died just one day after celebrating her 40th birthday

Tragic Lynn Browne died just one day after celebrating her 40th birthday

An assistant school principal who tragically died after falling down stairs had been celebrating her 40th birthday the night before.

Mother-of-one Lynn Browne, from Co Louth, died on Mother's Day after the fall in which she is believed to have hit her head off a table.

Ms Browne was an art teacher at Ballymakenny College in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Principal Alan Mynes said the school and the community are "deeply saddened" following the tragedy, which is understood to have happened at her parents' home in Glenmore Drive.

Beloved

Ms Browne was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, but lost her battle for life late on Sunday night.

Her school and the local community have been in mourning since the accident and paid tribute to Ms Browne.

"We learned this morning of the death of our beloved colleague and teacher, Lynn Browne," Mr Mynes said.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by this event.

"Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family and friends."

The principal said Ms Browne was a founding member of the relatively new school and her husband Ken works as the caretaker.

The couple had been together since they were 17 and have a young son, with the whole family understood to be in shock following the accident.

Ms Browne has a twin sister and two older sisters.

Funeral details detailed how she will be sadly missed by her "heartbroken" family.

"We have been in contact with her family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time," Mr Mynes said.

"Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated.

"Our school has implemented our critical incident management plan.

"Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service and counsellors from neighbouring schools have been with us supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist our school community at this time."

Local councillor Oliver Tully, who is on the school's board of management, said Ms Browne would be "sadly missed by everybody in the school".

"She really did contribute quite a lot to the school," he said.

Bubbly

Mr Tully said he knows the family well, having worked with Ms Browne's twin sister, Carol.

The councillor described Ms Browne as a "personable" and "bubbly" woman who always had the interest of the children at heart.

The funeral for Ms Browne will take place on Thursday, with the family requesting that mourners wear something colourful to the teacher's funeral "as a tribute to Lynn's personality and love of life".

Ms Browne will be reposing at her parents' home tonight and tomorrow.

"Beloved wife to Ken and loving and devoted mam to Baxter," her funeral notice said.

The notice added that she is mourned by her family, extended family and a "very large circle of good friends and work colleagues".