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'Much-loved' teacher Briege Currie killed on road after Mass is laid to rest

Dedicated: Briege Currie
Dedicated: Briege Currie
The funeral of Briege Currie at St Malachy’s Church in Edendork

By Christopher Leebody

Mourners gathered as a popular Co Tyrone woman, who was killed in a road incident after attending Sunday morning Mass, was laid to rest in Dungannon yesterday.

Briege Currie, who was in her 70s, was "regarded with real fondness" by the community of Edendork, Dungannon, where she was one of 12 siblings from a well-known family in the town.

Ms Currie was walking with her sister Aileen along the Quintinimanus Road last weekend when the collision took place, shortly after she had attended her regular Sunday morning service.

Requiem Mass for the retired primary school teacher, who lived on the Coalisland Road, took place at the church where she had been a dedicated worshipper all her life.

Parish priest of St Malachy's Church in Edendork, the Very Reverend Dean Kevin Donaghy, reflected on the deep sense of shock and sympathy that had been expressed throughout the Edendork and wider Dungannon community.

Mourners packed the church, with some standing outside, for the service, which heard that Ms Currie was someone who was "genuinely loved by all who knew her".

Speaking about her teaching career, Dean Donaghy said that the popular woman had been a "much-loved" teacher at the St Patrick's Monastery School for Boys.

Then from 1991 until her retirement in 2002, she had taught at St Patrick's Primary School in Dungannon, where "generations of pupils and staff remember her with real fondness as a gifted teacher and a wonderful colleague".

According to the parish priest, some of those former pupils and staff members remembered their colleague as a "lovely, kind woman" who was "immensely dedicated" to every pupil she taught.

Dean Donaghy said: "I was with some of her old colleagues at St Patrick's Primary School and one who I was chatting with on Monday seemed to sum it all up by saying, 'they all just loved her'. They added that she was so very positive in her outlook and her attitude and she encouraged others to be the same.

"There was so much packed into Briege's life, she must have had great skill as a time manager and a good planner.

"She made time to do good things and to be a truly great person in the lives of all she shared her life with."

He added: "She made time for so much in her life, but made sure also to make time for her faith. Sharing it not just in her professional capacity as a teacher but also as a faithful member of this parish community.

"Before going out for a walk last Sunday morning, her last activity was to go to 9am Mass along with her sister Aileen.

"Her faith was practised and lived out, not just in prayer and worship, but in deep and genuine love for family, neighbours, friends, and all who knew her."

Explaining the loss within Ms Currie's close family circle, Dean Donaghy stressed that yesterday's service also had a, "great sense of celebration" with a life "that had so much packed into it: travelling, cooking, knitting and as a keen local camogie enthusiast throughout her life at Edendork GAC".

The incident last Sunday which claimed Ms Currie's life happened at around 11am, on the junction between the Gortnaglush Road and Quintinmanus Road.

According to police, the pensioner was struck by a Renault Megane car, while her sister required treatment at Craigavon Area Hospital.

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