There was great sadness at Carnew and in the wider community following the death of Katie McEvoy on March 31. The youngest of three, Katie was the beloved daughter of Syl and Patricia McEvoy and sister of Kevin and Helen.
atie has faced many challenges in her life, but with the loving care of her family and the many wonderful, dedicated people in the various services and educational settings she has attended, Katie has grown into a happy, determined young girl who enjoyed life and brought great joy to all who knew her. Katie’s loving nature, beaming smile and mischievous glint in her eyes endeared her to all who had the privilege of knowing or meeting her.
As an infant, Katie’s early intervention services were provided by St. Catherine’s in Newcastle and Katie became one of the first children to attend St. Aidan’s Special Nursery School, Millands in Gorey. Katie attended Hillmount Montessori School in Ballindaggin for three years before spending her primary school years at Coolfancy National School. As a teenager, Katie attended St. Patrick’s Special School in Enniscorthy. Throughout her school years, Katie made many lifelong friends with whom she has always stayed in touch.
Katie started her stay at Saoirse, St. Aidan’s in Gorey when she was 18 years old. She loved her time there participating in the variety of activities undertaken each day. Katie particularly enjoyed performing on stage with her friends Saoirse in their ‘Saoirse on Stage’ productions at the Gorey Little Theatre. Katie attended ETB in Gorey for literacy and numeracy classes for the past few years, she was a lifelong learner who gave it her all in everything she did. She was an avid reader and wrote a daily diary featuring all of her daily activities and those of her beloved family.
Katie was gifted with many talents and had many interests including gardening, baking with her mother, art, music and acting. Katie has been spreading love and joy throughout the Covid times with carefully crafted handmade cards sent to family and friends both in the local community and further afield. Katie attended the annual Carnew Musical Society productions and enjoyed listening to and singing along to songs every day. Katie had a keen interest in farming and was thrilled when her photo recently appeared in the Farmer’s Journal holding her pet lamb.
Due to Covid-19, Katie has been cocooning at home with her family for the past few years. That hasn’t stopped Katie from staying in regular contact with her friends and acquaintances. A computer whiz, Katie kept in touch with her friends in Saoirse through phone calls and WhatsApp, she looked forward to her weekly Zoom lesson with her ETB tutor, and she used her iPad to send regular e-mails to family friends in America.
Katie’s funeral was celebrated by Fr. Martin Casey assisted by Fr. Matt Brennan on Saturday 2nd April at 2pm at St. Brigid’s Church, Tomacork with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Music was provided by members of the Carnew Musical Society. A guard of honor was provided by Carnew Heritage Club and Kilrush Drama Group.
Katie is survived and will be greatly missed by her parents Syl and Patricia, her brother Kevin, her sister Helen, her sister-in-law Lorna, her aunts, uncles, great aunts, cousins, friends in Saoirse, St. Aidan’s, his neighbors and many other friends.
Katie’s Monthly Mental Mass will take place on Friday 29th April at St. Brigid’s Church, Tomacork at 7.30pm.