FOR the second time in as many weeks the a North Kilkenny community is in mourning with the passing of two young people. Katie Foreman went to her eternal reward at the home of her sister Kerry in Marble Crest, Kilkenny. Late of Marymount, Castlecomer Katie packed so much into 31 summers. Showing maturity beyond her years she recognized the need for a drop in centre for disadvantaged kids and she was thrilled to acquire a premises at the rear of the shopping mall in Kilkenny street, Castlecomer. Here she taught kids to read and write through the medium of art. When alas the centre was forced to close she cried her eyes out.
Undaunted she became a Scout Leader and no doubt enjoyed the mountaineering with the beavers. Later she founded Castlecomer Youth Club and became involved with Ossory Youth in the Community Hall. The next and final stage of her involvement with the young people was with Foroige. She took a shine to Special Needs Children and her dearest wish was to have a stand alone centre for the group in the town.
Katie had an obsession for Starwars and also was a dab hand at the poetry. Following on a family line in dressmaking no doubt inspired by her grandmother Mary Hughes she designed the logo for Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, those famous jackets are synonymous internationally. Always versatile and full of surprises she was also an integral member of one of the best Eireann’s Own Set Dancers winning numerous competitions.
Born in Derbyshire on 28th August 1980 she was destined to be a leader from an early age. Mum Noreen started a mother and toddler group and also worked as a volunteer in a couple of crèches and yes you guessed it Katie was in the thick of things. Every mother in the world is special and so is Noreen Foreman and when Katie was just four years old her mum knew by instinct that something was not right this was to become apparent later in life when Katie was diagnosed with dyslexia. In 1985 the family moved to Kent and Katie took to the pool. She was brilliant swimmer and at the age of 7 won her Lifeguard badge.
1989 saw the family come home to Ireland, Katie completed her primary education before moving to the Community School where some 8 years after the initial indication she was first pupil to be accessed with Dyslexia at the School. Following a successful Leaving Certificate she studied Humanities and Theology at St. Pats, Carlow. This proved a wonderful foundation and when she took up employment in O’Faoiláin’s and the Marble City she never gave second best to anyone discussing politics and managed to outwit both former Mayor Cllr. Martin Brett and Deputy Editor of the Kilkenny People Sean Keane on many occasions,
Her passion for Politics and Philosophy lead her to Maynooth Campus in August 2009, unfortunately illness curtailed her studies and on May 10th came the news the family dreaded when a bioposy revealed malignant melanoma. Sister Kerry brought her wedding forward sadly Katie was too ill to attend, she continued to fight however she went to her eternal reward at 21 Marble Crest at 2 pm on September 22nd.
Katie’s sister Kerry penned this lovely poem.
Its called My Sister, My Friend.
Sister we’ve been there through life’s sorrow and pain, But together we have always endured the strain, We’ve argued and bickered and made each other mad, But if you weren’t my sister life would be so sad, We’ve cried till we laughed and laughed till we cried, Sometimes for no reason we didn’t even know why, When we’re not together our bond is just as strong, Because when we are sisters we know when something is wrong, We’ve whispered our deepest secrets only sisters could share, I love my sister dearly because she really cares, So whether we are together or we are far apart, Katie you’re my sister, my friend and forever in my heart.
She was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Brian Flynn P.P. Kilmacow ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her father David ; mother Noreen ; sister Kerry ; brother in law Mick ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.