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Tributes to Irene Hynds as tragic Northern Ireland teacher laid to rest

By Brett Campbell

Tributes have been paid to a popular school teacher and mother-of-one who died on Monday.

St Mary's Grammar School in Magherafelt will be closed today as pupils and staff attend the funeral of assistant principal Irene Hynds, who taught there for more than 25 years.

A colleague described Mrs Hynds as "highly esteemed" and said her passing was a "devastating loss".

A former pupil who remembered her as Miss Toye expressed her sadness on social media.

"So, so sad to hear this news, a true lady, may you rest in peace," they wrote.

A book of condolence will remain opened at the school reception until next Friday.

"Members of the St Mary's community, including past pupils, former colleagues, parents and friends of the school, who wish to remember Mrs Hynds are invited to visit St Mary's to sign the book of condolence," a statement on the school's website reads.

"May she rest in peace."

A statement posted on the Magherafelt Parish Facebook page expressed "great sadness" and extended "deepest sympathies" to her husband Seamus, son Daniel and the wider family circle.

She is also survived by parents Jim and Susan, sister Geraldine, and brothers Jim and Eugene.

Her funeral cortege will leave her Ballyneill Road home in Ballyronan at 10.15am before Requiem Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Magherafelt.

She will be laid to rest in the cemetery of St Tierney's Church in Roslea, Co Fermanagh, following the service.

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