Shock at death of popular teacher (40) who fell down stairs and hit her head
A secondary school teacher who tragically died after falling down a set of 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 assistant principal and art teacher at Ballymakenny College in Drogheda, Co Louth.
School principal Alan Mynes said the school and the community were "deeply saddened" following the tragedy.
Ms Browne was rushed to hospital but lost her battle for life.
"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.
"Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family and friends."
The principal said that Ms Browne was a founding member of the relatively new school. "Her husband is our school caretaker," he said.
"We have been in contact with her family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy. 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 Fine Gael councillor Oliver Tully, who is on the school's board of management, said Ms Browne would be "sadly missed by everybody in the school".