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Popular, caring Magherafelt teacher Irene Hynds laid to rest

Irene Hynds was assistant principal of St Mary's Grammar School in Magherafelt

A Co Derry grammar school closed yesterday as staff and pupils paid respects to a senior teacher who died after a long illness.

Irene Hynds (50) was assistant principal of St Mary's Grammar School in Magherafelt, where she taught for more than 25 years.

Mourners at her Requiem Mass at the Church of the Assumption, Magherafelt heard that the community had lost "one of its most vibrant and enthusiastic disciples".

Fr John Gates said three things dominated Mrs Hynds's life - her faith, family and school.

"Irene was totally committed to the school and did everything she possibly could to enhance its reputation," he said.

"She didn't see teaching as a 9-5 job. She saw it as a vocation and a privilege to be entrusted with contributing to not only the education, but the development of so many children over the years."

St Mary's has opened a book of condolence in its reception. It will remain open from 10am to 3pm until Friday April 27.

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