Statement from Mulroy College and Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) in Response to the Tragic Events in Creeslough

The students, staff, Board of Management and parents of Mulroy College are in deep shock after the tragic events of Friday in Creeslough. It is with deepest regret that we advise that two of our students, James Monaghan and Leona Harper, and two mothers of students enrolled in our school, Catherine O Donnell and Martina Martin, were among the fatalities. There were also a number of our students who incurred injuries at the scene. Our deepest sympathies are with the families who have tragically lost a loved one following Friday’s incident in Creeslough. We also hope that all those injured will make a full recovery.

As news reached the College of the tragic accident, the Critical Incident Plan of Mulroy College was enacted. The Student Support Team, the Critical Incident Team and the management and staff of Mulroy College are supporting students, parents and staff at this very difficult time. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service and Donegal ETB have offered advice and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of students and families is a priority for us all.

Ms Fiona Temple, School Principal stated, “We as a school community are devastated on hearing of the tragedy and the fatal outcome for our two beautiful students and our cherished parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and the Creeslough community at this time. We are numbed by this overwhelming sadness and will work together to support all members of our school community in the coming days, weeks and months ahead. Our priority, as a school management and staff, is the wellbeing and welfare of the students and their families at this tragic time. We extend our best wishes to all those who suffered injuries including some of our students.”

Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools with Donegal ETB stated, “I wish to compliment the emergency and health services, the school management and staff and the educational psychologists on their response to this critical incident. We extend our sympathies to all the families and we now wish all those injured a speedy recovery following the accident. This is a tragedy that is difficult to put words on.”

Mulroy College will be open on Sunday 9 October from 3.00-4.00pm to enable students, parents and staff to visit and support one another. The school will open as normal on Monday and numerous supports will be available to support students, staff and parents.

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