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A tribute to the mother-in-law of a Fine Gael candidate who was murdered by a cyclist while hanging up election posters

Tributes have poured in for the mother-in-law of a Fine Gael candidate who died after being hit by a cyclist in Dublin.

Theresa Clark, 70, was putting up election posters and was hit by a cyclist while crossing Ranelagh Road in south Dublin.

The accident occurred on Tuesday, June 4, around 11 p.m.

Theresa, a teacher and former headteacher of Scoil Aonghusa Snr in Balrothery, was the mother-in-law of Fine Gael candidate John Clendennen, who was elected to Offaly County Council this week.

Since the tragic news broke, tributes have poured in for Theresa, a teacher who was described as a loving and much-loved mother of three.

Thanking voters for supporting his campaign after he was re-elected, John Clendennen shared a post on social media: “Despite his re-election, today is overshadowed by great sadness. While I was struggling in the final days of the election campaign, my mother-in-law Theresa Clarke was fighting for her life until Sunday afternoon after a tragic road accident on Tuesday evening.”

The Scoil Aonghusa Parents Association paid tribute: “It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Theresa Clarke, former beloved principal of Scoil Aonghusa Senior School, has passed away. We offer our sincere condolences to all her family and friends.”

Teresa passed away peacefully after a tragic road accident surrounded by her family and under the excellent care of the staff of Beaumont Hospital.

Beloved wife of Michael, loving and beloved mother of Elaine, Miriam and Josephine. Theresa will be forever loved and greatly missed by her husband and daughters, sons-in-law John (Clendennen), Andrew (Sparshott) and future son-in-law Alan (Dixon), her three beloved grandchildren Oakley, Percy and Arlo, brother Danny, sister Anne ( Brophy), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives and friends, her colleagues and friends in Scoil Aonghusa Snr, Balrothery and Fine Gael Dublin Bay South and the wider network.

“Teresa was reunited with her parents Dan and Josephine Loughrey and her beloved brother Finian,” reads the death notice on Rip.ie.

Resting at her residence (D16 FT53) this (Wednesday) evening from 4-8 p.m. Moving on Thursday morning to the church of St. Anna in Bohernabreena, arrival for requiem mass at 10:00, then burial at Bohernabreena cemetery.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this collision to come forward.

Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash cam footage) and were traveling on Ranelagh Road in Ranelagh between 10.45pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday, June 4 are asked to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Irishtown Garda Station on 01 666 9600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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