Tributes flood social media for ‘beautiful and kind teacher’ Catherine McCann

Tributes have flooded social media after the death of the Vice-Principal of a NI primary school.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 7:02 pm

Catherine McCann, from Magherafelt in Co Londonderry, had worked at Creggan Primary School in Co Antrim.

She died on May 11.

Since then news of her passing became known, hundreds of messages of sympathy to her family and friends have saturated social media.

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Her funeral was held held today (Friday) in St Mary’s Church, Lavey.

A funeral notice for her says: “Sadly, due to the current COVID -19 pandemic, Catherine’s wake and funeral will be “Strictly Private”.

A post from Creggan Primary School revealed their devastation.

It said: “The Governors, staff, pupils and wider community of Creggan Primary School have been devastated this week at the sudden loss of our colleague and friend Catherine Mc Cann.

“Miss Mc Cann taught in our school for 17 years.

“She was a model teacher in every way, always putting her pupils first.

“An amazing friend to all the staff and parents and her displays of kindness to everyone she met came so naturally.

“She always arrived to school dressed in the latest fashion and then quickly pulled the trainers on her to deliver sports lessons in her lovely pink trainers.

“We cannot even begin to realise the void that is left in Creggan Primary School.

“As a school community we convey our sympathy to the Mc Cann family. Fly high Miss Mc Cann - thank you for all you did for us.”

A post from Erin’s Own Lavey GAA club said: “Lavey GAC is greatly shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of our former senior camogie player, Catherine McCann.

“On behalf of our club committee, members, players and community, we wish to express our deepest condolences to Catherine’s father, John, brothers Patrick and John, and sisters Jeannette, Therese and Denise - who are former players and stalwarts of our camogie club - as well as her wider family circle and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”

Another post adds: “Heart breaking Catherine was a great person teacher friend always had a smile.

“Taught my daughter who just loved and admired her. Thinking of everyone. And Catherine you will be sorely missed By everyone who knew you. Praying for your family.”

Another message said: “ Saddest news about such a beautiful and lovely person. Catherine was so well thought of and will be sadly missed by so many people. Prayers are with all the family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Catherine.”

“Such sad news. God bless you Catherine and all your family and close friends. What a beautiful and kind teacher. Rest in peace Catherine ,” added another post.

Another message from Kickham’s GAC Creggan says: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Catherine Mc Cann. Catherine was a much loved & hugely popular member of the staff at Creggan Primary School and helped to instill the fundamentals of the GAA in many of our young members. Catherine’s death is deeply regretted by everyone in our club and we wish to extend our sympathy to her family & to her colleagues & pupils in Creggan PS.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”

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