Kathleen McHale was born September 16 1940, the second of three daughters to Molly (nee O'Connor) and Paddy Ketterick of Spencer Street, Castlebar.
She died unexpectedly on January 10, 2010 whilst writing an email to The Irish Times. She died as she lived; a consummate communicator.
As a daughter of a publican and Irish Civil War veteran, Kathleen was a born speaker, sociologist and political observer.
Whilst her activism was reserved for local initiatives, underscoring her determination to continuously build local confidence, which in turn would feed national sustenance, she allocated her charitable work nationally.