Irish nun killed in Ecuadorian earthquake has movie star dream realised with new documentary
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Irish nun killed in Ecuadorian earthquake has movie star dream realised with new documentary

THE LIFE of an Irish nun who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador two years ago is now being told in the form of a documentary.

33-year-old Sister Clare Theresa Crockett lost her life on April 16, 2016, when a school building collapsed on her as she was trying to lead others to safety.

The Derry native left a career in film and television in order to devote her life to God.

She had previously appeared on Channel 4’s Get With It! As a 15-year-old, and a year later she was invited to be a host on Nickelodeon.

However, at the same time, she discovered her faith, and instead entered the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother on August 11, 2001.

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Since her first vows, she served in the Servant Sisters’ communities in Belmonte, Cuenca in Spain, Florida, Valencia, and Ecuador.

Now, her incredible life story is being celebrated in All Or Nothing: Sr Clare Crockett, a brand new film, which will be broadcast for the first time in Derry on Monday, and also in Ecuador.

Thanks to the Servant Sisters’ archives, over 15 years of photos and videos of Sr. Clare’s life are included in the film.

It includes footage of Sr. Clare teaching guitar and singing with locals, which is believed to be what she was doing with five other young women the moment the earthquake struck.

Her sister Shauna Gill told BBC Radio Foyle that the film is a fitting tribute to her sister and how the family is completely overwhelmed by the interest in her life two years after her death.

She said: “She was the happy-go-lucky, famous nun who helped so many people and is still helping people after her death.”

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