THE death took place at the residence of her daughter, Kathleen Burke, Milebush, Castlebar, of Katie Harte (nee O’Gara), Carralackey, Kilmovee. She was in her 98th year and one of the most senior residents of the region.
She was born in Rathnagussane, Kilmovee, on March 14, 1920, to parents Patrick and Ellen O’Gara. She had five sisters, Bridget, Winifred, Mary, Emma and Ellen. Katie attended Kilmovee No1 NS and later worked on the family farm before spending a time working over in Elphin.
She married John Harte in Kilmovee Church in 1945 and made their home in Culcastle. They raised a family of four, sons John and Aidan and daughters Mary and Kathleen. The family later relocated to Carralackey, Kilmovee.
Katie was a firm favourite in the local community and was highly thought of by all who knew her over the years.
She had a special fondness for gardening and knitting and took a gentle pride in work well done. A warm welcome awaited all visitors to the family home over the years.
Katie lived through great changes in Irish society over the decades. She was a gentle and kind soul who was rooted in the traditional ethos of the west of Ireland and was a lovely neighbour and friend. Sympathy is tendered to the family on their bereavement.
Reposing was at Kilgarriff’s Funeral Home, Ballaghaderreen, with removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kilmovee. Burial took place in Niamh Mobhi Cemetery following Requiem Mass.
Katie, who was predeceased by her husband John 1973, will be sadly missed by her sons John and Aiden, daughters Mary and Kathleen, grandchildren Catriona, Frank, John, Anthony and Gemma, son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Imelda, great grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.