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Saturday 18 November 2017

Students pay tribute to their late 'angel' teacher in song

Alice Strain with her fiance Pat Crowley
Alice Strain with her fiance Pat Crowley
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Transition year students have paid tribute to their former teacher, Alice Strain, who was killed in an accident in April, by penning a special song in her memory.

Ms Strain (45), who was engaged to be married just weeks before she tragically lost her life in a car accident, was an English eacher at Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

And her former students paid tribute to their "inspirational" teacher by writing a song entitled 'My Hero' in her honour as part of RTE's Big Music Week.

The 'music train' stopped in Waterford, where they were greeted by Ms Strain's three sisters Vera, Mary and Stella, as well as her fiance Pat Crowley, who was critically injured in the April crash.

"The students were fantastic, their song was so beautiful," her sister Vera explained.

"They put hours of work into their song.

"They described her as their hero and inspirational and that’s how we feel about Alice as well.

"They shared stories about how good and kind Alice was.

"What an inspirational person she was. There are very few teachers that you could describe that way, especially at that age.

"At that age, girls are so young and impressionable. To think someone could have that as their legacy."

Vera added that the loss of her sister is still "very raw" for the family, but they believe she is around them always, as Alice was a huge believer in angels.

Alice's three sisters, fiance and her uncle Vincent all travelled from Dungarvan to Clonmel especially for the musical tribute by her students, who were joined by the school's principal Michael O'Loughlin.

"It was very emotional to hear the song, the emotion that the girls put into the song was unbelievable," Vera said.

"We just believe that she’s not gone very far, she’s guiding us along in so many ways.

"She is with me first thing in the morning to the last thing at night. Silly things often happen throughout the day, and there's been too many instances for it to be coincidence now.

"Alice was a big believer in angels and I’d throw my eyes up. You get the feeling that Alice is around us, and that she would like everyone to get up and be the best that we can be.

"It is a tough day, but we’re so grateful to the students here."

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