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Funeral for head teacher killed in crash

Flowers were left at St Joseph's to pay tribute to head teacher Ally Mullany Credit: ITV News Meridian

The funeral is due to take place today of a Dorset head teacher killed in a car crash. Ally Mullany was travelling on the B3075 near Wareham when she was involved in a collision with a fire engine, which had been called to the scene of another fatal accident.

Mrs Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combined School at Parkstone.

Mourning pupils return to school today

Children at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole yesterday. Credit: Sarah Cooper

Pupils in Dorset will return to school today after their head teacher was killed in a road accident with a fire engine.

Ally Mullany has been described as "inspirational, positive and determined", having started her role at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, in April 2008.

She died in the head-on crash on Sunday morning, half a mile from where a man was also killed after his car struck a tree earlier that day.

The fire engine was making its way to the first emergency when the second crash occurred, Dorset Police said.

The school was closed yesterday, yet many children arrived with flowers for their former head teacher.

  1. Sarah Cooper

Pupils, parents and staff mourn headteacher killed in car crash

Pupils and parents have been mourning the death of their headteacher in a car crash.

Ally Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combine School in the Parkstone area of Poole in Dorset. She died when her car and a fire engine collided on Sunday 13 April.

The fire engine had been on its way to the scene of an earlier fatal crash nearby. Sarah Cooper reports.

Headteacher killed: Dorset Fire statement

Dorset Fire and Rescue has issued a statement after one of its engines was involved in a crash which killed headteacher Ally Mullany.

Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: “Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to an RTC near Morden Park Corner on the A35.

“Whilst responding to this incident, a fire appliance collided with a car.

"Two occupants of this vehicle were taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. We understand that sadly, the third occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those involved in this tragic incident.

“Dorset Police will be conducting a full investigation into this incident and we will assist them wherever we can.

"As this matter is under police investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

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  1. Sarah Cooper

Tributes to headteacher killed in car crash

Children at a school in Dorset have been paying tribute to their headteacher who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.

St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, has been closed for the day as a mark of respect for Ally Mullany - who died on the morning of Sunday 14 April. A steady stream of children and their parents have been laying down flowers at the school in tribute to her.

Sarah Cooper sent this report from the school. Her interviewees aree Hugh Fogarty, Chairman of Governors, and Angela Maddley, one of the school parents.

Headteacher crash - council statement and tributes to 'inspirational leader'

It is with great sadness that Borough of Poole can confirm the death of Mrs Ally Mullany, headteacher of St Joseph's RC VA Primary School.

Mrs Mullany tragically died on Sunday morning and as a mark of respect the school has taken the decision to close on Monday. It will reopen to children tomorrow.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ally's family at this time. We took the decision to close the school today as a mark of respect and we would like to thank parents for their support.

We have set up a book of condolence at the school for the school community to leave their tributes and there is also a book of condolence at St Joseph's church for local residents to sign.

Ally was an inspirational leader and teacher and we are all devastated by her loss, but our thoughts and prayers are very much with her family.

– Hugh Fogarty, Chair of Governors at St Joseph's Primary

Mrs Mullany had been head of St Joseph's since April 2008. The council is offering support to staff and children where required.

At this tragic time our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Mullany. The council is offering support to staff at St Joseph's as they deal with the loss of a wonderful colleague and friend.

– Cllr Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children's Services

The book of condolence will be available to sign before school and after school until the end of the week.

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