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Sadness as Kate loses fight with cancer at the age of 53


The late Kate Muldowney

The late Kate Muldowney

The late Kate Muldowney

It is with great sadness that Kate Muldowney (nee Kelly) lost her courageous battle with cancer last week.

Kate, the beloved wife of Peter and loving mother of Peter and Elizabeth died peacefully in the company of her loving family and friends at St Vincent Private Hospital. She was just 53.

Kate was fourth of the seven children of Breda Kelly and the late Billy Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare.

Kate worked in Kelly's Resort for a number of years after school before marrying Peter Muldowney and they moved to live in Rye, New York.

She loved her home and her two beautiful children Peter and Elizabeth. Kate always took the time to laugh and chat with all her neighbours in Rye and build a community of friends around her and her family.

Kate had a great gift of giving to others and had the ability to connect with people, effortlessly. Kate approached every aspect of her life with passion.

She was an avid (and competitive!) tennis player and golfer. She loved her return visits to her family in Rosslare every summer, and always got to enjoy a few rounds of golf on the Rosslare links.

Kate's wonderful caring character and zest for life is best described by her friend Lee Woodruff: 'In the past almost two years, you have inspired and moved me with the will you summoned to fight your illness, the dignity and absolute cheer and sense of humour you employed to make everyone around you feel better.

'It was so important to you that we were not hurt, you cared for us while we were all wanting to care for you. Not everyone can do that, it was generous and regal. It is what makes you Kate the GREAT.

'While I understand you have had your private "why me" moments, you have taught us how to move through the world with dignity and defiance, to walk into each day trying to suck up as much of it as you can. You reminded us to do that, to look at how the sunlight sparkles off the sound, how the herons fly kind of low and loopy, the way that the swimming pool water feels when you stick our feet in on a hot day.

'There are so many "kate-isms" that you have left with me, so many ways that you have touched all our lives. You weren't going to give this disease an inch without a fuss. You choose not to let it define you even up to this moment and in doing so, you taught us all something essential about living.'

Kate, we fell in love with your sparking eyes, your impish humour, your 'Thanks a million' phrase dispensed at the slightest action. You have changed and brightened up our lives in ways you cannot know. You are the ultimate mother, sister, friend, wife and human being.

Wexford People