Kate is the mother figure for the Mundy family, she’s both the oldest and the strictest. She is thought to have a softer side as is narrated by Michael. She choses to stick to the teachings of the Catholic church and likes being a school teacher . She loses her job as a result of low student numbers, which she questions if this is true or not. She disapproves of what she sees as the Pagan festival of Lughnasa.
‘Kate dances alone totally concentrated, totally private; a movement that is simultaneously controlled and frantic’