The ICA community in Laois was shocked and saddened at the loss of one of their most prominent members, Kathleen Gorman who passed away on May 29.
Kathleen was national secretary of the ICA, and throughout her long time as a member of the association, held many positions.
Laois federation president Betty Gorman said that Kathleen was very well known and regarded all over the county.
“On behalf of the county and of the 24 guilds, we are devastated at losing Kathleen. She was a member of the Ballyroan guild for many years. She was a past Laois federation president and she was the national secretary for Liz Wall, the national ICA president. She also held most offices in her guild.”
Betty added that Kathleen was very active within the ICA, particularly in the area of crafts.
“Kathleen had a great love of crafts, and she was interested in all crafts. As well as being a contest secretary, she was also a craft promoter for the ICA.”
A huge crowd turned out to her funeral which took place in Knock Church in Spink.
“On both evenings there was a huge guard of honour at the church, which was led by Liz Wall, national president, and myself, as the Laois Federation president. Representatives from most counties travelled to the funeral on the Saturday evening and on the Sunday morning, and the family were touched by that.”
The ICA hosted a tent at last year’s National Ploughing Championships, and Kathleen was there working hard over the three days. Betty said that although the ICA are busy getting plans in place for events later in the year, Kathleen will be missed.
“We will be travelling to An Grianan next week for Laois week, something Kathleen did every year. She had a great love for An Grianan. We are also hosting a walk for Hospice and the Cuisle Centre starting at the Cuisle Centre this Sunday at 2pm. Kathleen would have been part of all that. I want to thank her for all she has done for Ballyroan and for Laois.”