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15th Feb 2024

Tributes pouring in for SNA and mother of two who died after Cork car crash

Stephen Porzio

Sheila Dunne

“A truly beautiful soul inside and out.”

Tributes have poured in for a special needs assistant (SNA) and mother of two who passed away days after being injured in a car crash in Cork.

The woman has been named locally as 54-year-old Sheila Dunne, who was involved in a single-car collision at Sarsfield Court in Glanmire on Sunday evening (11 February).

Sheila was one of two occupants in the car and was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

She was pronounced deceased at Cork University Hospital two days later on Tuesday.

The other occupant in the car, a woman in her 40s, received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to multiple outlets, Sheila worked as an SNA at Watergrasshill National School.

Her death notice on reads:

“On February 13th 2024, peacefully but suddenly at the Cork University Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Sheila (née O’Brien), adored wife of the late Ted, beautiful mother of Lilley and T.J, loving daughter of Esther and Dan.

“Sadly missed by her loving family, brothers Donal and Vincent, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of amazing friends and colleagues.”


Tributes have poured in for Sheila Dunne following her death.

Many have taken to the condolences section of the page to leave tributes for Sheila.

One person wrote: “Our heartfelt condolences to Lilley, T.J. and all of Sheila’s family and friends. Always with the warmest smile and a listening ear. Thank you Sheila for all the lovely chats and laughter throughout the years.

“She was the proudest mum in the world. Rest In Eternal Peace.”

Another said: “Heartbreaking news hearing of Sheila’s untimely passing, a truly beautiful soul inside and out – a smile that would brighten the darkest days. Sincere condolences to Lilley, T.J. and all of Sheila’s family. Rest in Peace.”

A third left the message: “She was an amazing lady with a kind heart and a cup of tea was always on offer. Very sad to hear of her untimely passing. She is with Ted now. May she rest in peace.”

A fourth wrote: “Thank you Sheila for being such a kind and helpful friend. I will always remember your great kindness to me and to all who turned to you. You have been an inspiration to all whose lives you touched.

“May you live on in that inspiration in your family. Rest now, kind Sheila, be at peace.”

One of her colleagues at Watergrasshill also said:

“My deepest condolences to Lilley, T.J. and all of Sheila’s family. She was the kindest, caring and most selfless person I have ever met. She would always light up any room.

“I was lucky enough to call her a friend and colleague. She will be dearly missed and leave a void in all our hearts in Watergrasshill N.S. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements for Sheila have not been announced at this time.

Gardaí, meanwhile, have appealed to any witnesses of the car crash to come forward.

Additionally, they are urging any road users who may have camera footage, including dashcam footage, from the area at the time of the collision to make this footage available.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Glanmire Garda Station at (021) 455 6370, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station,” a Garda spokesperson said.

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