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Tragedy Tributes flood in as much loved Ballymun nun dies following road accident in Nigeria

'Bernadette has been working in Nigeria for a number of years and she is what I called the Holy grail of Ballymun'


Sister Bernadette O'Reilly

Sister Bernadette O'Reilly

Sister Bernadette O'Reilly

A much loved Dublin nun and teacher has been killed in a tragic road accident in Nigeria.

Sister Bernadette O’Reilly, who taught at St Joseph’s Church, Poppintree in Ballymun moved to Africa to become a principal at Our Lady Queen of Peace Nursery & Primary School in Bukuru, Nigeria.

The nun was crossing a road near her home along with another woman when she was hit by an oncoming car.

After being rushed to hospital in a critical condition she was in an induced coma in ICU.

Her family flew to Nigeria to be by her side during her recovery, however the beloved teacher known as ‘Bern’ passed away this week.

A friend of Sister Bernadette, Josephine Basnett, paid tribute to her and said that she played a huge part in helping and caring for her community in Ballymun.

“It's with a broken heart I have to let you all know Bernadette has gained her wings today with her family by her side.”

“Her condition was too much for her. I love you Bern always will.”

The grieving young woman then asked for people to light a candle and pray for her friend.

“[I] am asking everyone from Ballymun and beyond to please light a candle for my friend my Sister Bernadette. Everyone knows her from Holy Spirit school as a teacher and St Joseph's Church, Poppintree.”

“Bernadette has been working in Nigeria for a number of years and she is what I called the Holy grail of Ballymun.”

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“She's too good to be taken away from the world. My heart is broken and so is my family.”

Ms Basnett also set up a GoFundMe page in order to help raise funds to continue Sister Bernadette’s work.

“Most of you know of the hard work she has done to build the school in Nigeria and protect the children and educate them. It was her life's passion.”

“She has spent every minute of every day helping and caring for her students and friends and I would hope we could come together to help keep her dream alive by providing the school items Bernadette worked so hard to get each year.”

“If we can raise as much funds as possible we can continue her work from here.”

Sister Bernadette came into Josephine’s life over 30 years ago in 1990.

When her mother passed away in 1992, the nun stepped in to help the family out.

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