THE unexpected passing of Kathleen Corcoran, at her home in Fossa, has left a real air of sadness in the close-knit parish where she was held in very high regard and where she will be remembered with great affection.
Kathleen was friendly with everybody she encountered and a hugely respected neighbour and parishioner who was known to all.
A very familiar face in Killarney, she travelled to and from the town on a daily basis, boarding the Bus Éireann coach near her home and returning by bus later in the day after conducting the business she had to attend to.
Blessed with a warm and engaging personality and possessing a genuine interest in others, she loved meeting and greeting people and was a great customer in a number of local coffee shops and restaurants where she would pop in for lunch or a coffee and a chat.
Kathleen loved her native Fossa – where she lived her entire life – and she was great for attending daily Mass in the church near her home. She was always there with a word of comfort to offer to the bereaved at funerals and, if passing, she would ensure to greet newly-weds with a smile and a wave after local wedding ceremonies.
Kathleen, who was 75, worked for many years in the Hotel Europe and many of her former colleagues have very fond memories of the happy days and laughter they enjoyed in her company.
She loved to stay in touch with her former work-mates and she remembered them all and their children by their first names, despite the passing of years.
At her Requiem Mass this Ash Wednesday morning, Fossa Parish Priest, Fr Niall Geaney, said Kathleen brought joy and happiness to so many people during her lifetime.
He said she has been described to him as “the face of Fossa” who will be remembered as a friendly, kind and gentle person with a kind word to say for everybody.
“She brought joy to her relations and to her neighbours and she lived her life influenced by the gospel. Kathleen was a person of great faith and she will be a great loss in our community,” Fr Geaney said.
The daughter of the late William and Nora Corcoran and sister of the late Margaret and Donal, Kathleen is survived by her nieces, nephew, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Following Requiem Mass in the Prince of Peace Church in Fossa, Kathleen was laid to rest in Aghadoe Cemetery with friends and neighbours gathered on the roadside near the church to say a fond final farewell as the funeral cortege passed by.
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