Dorset

Ally Mullany: Prayers in memory of head teacher after crash

Ally Mullany
Image caption Ally Mullany had been head teacher at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole since 2008

A head teacher has been remembered at a church service, a week after her death in a crash with a fire engine on an emergency call-out in Dorset.

Ally Mullany, head of St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, died on the B3075 near Wareham on 14 April.

Mrs Mullany was remembered at prayers during mass at St Joseph's and St Walburgha's Catholic Church in Poole, where she worshipped.

Hundreds of people have signed a book of condolence at the church.

'Missed by many'

Remembering the married mother of four, Father Barry Hallett said: "She was someone who was very much a vibrant part of our community and will be missed by many, many people."

Father Hallett has offered support to pupils, staff, parents and relatives.

He held a special service for staff while the school was closed on Monday as a mark of respect.

Mrs Mullany had been head teacher at St Joseph's since 2008 and was an active member of the church.

Her red Mini was in collision with the fire engine at about 08:10 BST last Sunday.

The fire engine had been responding to an accident on the A35 at Morden Park Corner in which 66-year old Robert Taylor from Bournemouth died.

Mrs Mullany died at the scene of severe head injuries.

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