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Ireland’s oldest woman dies

FEAKLE native, Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely, Ireland’s longest-lived person, passed away yesterday (Monday) morning in Geddes, Syracuse, New York State. Born Kathleen Hayes, one of five children of Patrick and Eileen Hayes in Feakle, on February 16, 1902, she travelled from Cobh on the Sythia as a 19 year-old in 1921 to Syracuse, was married and widowed twice, helped to build successful dairy and lumber businesses and had been living in the Centers at St. Camillus, a retirement home in Geddes, Syracuse since suffering a fall when she was 102 years old. Kathleen lived for 113 years and 140 days and on March 26 this year, moved past Annie Scott – who’d died in 1996, at the age of 113 and 37 days – to become the longest-lived person, ever, from Ireland. Former Feakle National School principal Ted Harrington received the news from Kathleen’s nephew Gerry Hayes last night, “Kathleen had been ill for the past three weeks with a …

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Kathleen breaks another record

An East Clare woman has broken the record as the oldest person ever born on the island of Ireland. Last year, United States resident Kathleen Snavely made history as the oldest person ever from the Republic of Ireland but now, over a month after her 113th birthday, she has taken the title as the oldest person from the island of Ireland since records began, passing out Tyrone woman Annie Scott . Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavley was born in Feakle on February 16, 1902 and is a distant relation of renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes and former Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes. Originally from Garraun, Kathleen left when she was 19 in September 1921 from Cobh and went to her uncle in Syracuse, New York State. While there, she met and married her husband Roxie Rollins, who died in 1968, aged 66. The Clare woman later married Pennsylvania businessman Jesse Snavely. After he died she returned to Syracuse, where she still …

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Feakle pupils write to Ireland’s oldest person

FEAKLE woman and Ireland’s oldest person in history, Kathleen Snavely celebrated her 113th birthday in Syracuse, New York State, on Monday but earlier this year she took time out to correspond with pupils at Feakle National School. Mrs Snavely was chosen by Róisín Quilligan and Siobhán Tuohy as part of their Flat Stanley project in school. This project is based on the Flat Stanley books, written by Jeff Brown Stanley, which sees the Flat Stanley character travel the world in envelopes. It began in 1994 in Ontario, Canada, when Dale Hubert had the idea of having children create their own Flat Stanley paper cut-outs and mailing them to friends and family around the globe, in order to foster authentic literacy activities for kids and get them excited to write about Stanley’s adventures. In Feakle, pupils have written to and received responses from a number of famous people, including President Michael D Higgins, Channing Tatum, Ryan Tubridy, Henry Shefflin, Brian Gavin, …

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Kathleen going strong at 113

FEAKLE native Kathleen Snavely (nee Hayes) became the State’s oldest ever living person when she turned 111 and 327 days last year but, having reached her 113th birthday this week, she looks set to become the island’s oldest living person. Annie Scott was the oldest living person from the island of Ireland. She was born in Northern Ireland on March 15, 1883, living to be 113 and 37 days, having died in 1996 in Scotland where she settled. Kathleen was born in Garraun, Feakle on February 16, 1902. Indications are that she is in good health, so she looks set to make history once again on March 24 of this year, which would make her the oldest person born on the island of Ireland. However, she has a long way to go to outlive the longest living person in recorded history, who was French woman Jeanne Calment, who died aged 122 years and 164 days in 1997. The current oldest …

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Ireland’s Oldest Kathleen Snavely turns 113

Last year Feakle native, Kathleen Snavely, nee Hayes, made history as Ireland’s oldest ever person having exceeded the age of 111 and 327 days. Today (Monday), February 16, she celebrates her one hundred and thirteenth birthday in New York, where she currently at a healthcare facility called the Centres at St Camillus in Syracuse, New York state. Kathleen originally hails from Garraun, Feakle with her homestead not too far from Pepper’s pub in the village. She was born to parents Patrick and Ellen (neé Moroney) Hayes on February 16, 1902. Her father was a publican and farmer in the village. She had two sisters Lena (known as Eileen) and Anna May, and had two brothers Martin and Pat. She left Feakle and Ireland’s shores as a young woman of 19 in September 1921 departing from Queenstown, now Cobh, aboard the Scythia. She arrived on Ellis Island on September 30, 1921 according to the ship’s manifest. She was travelling over to …

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112th birthday for Feakle woman

FEAKLE native, Kathleen Snavely, who is Ireland’s oldest ever woman, celebrated her 112th birthday on Sunday last. Mrs Snavely, nee Hayes, is originally from Garraun Feakle, made the record books in January as the Republic’s oldest living person, surpassing a record held by Katherine Plunkett of County Louth, who was born in 1820 and lived to 111 and 327 days. Now a resident of Syracuse, New York, Mrs Snavely celebrated her birthday at St Camillus retirement centre. She is in good health. She was born on February 16, 1902 to parents, Patrick and Ellen Hayes (nee Moroney). Her closest relatives live in Ireland, and Kathleen’s nearest relative  is nephew, Gerard Hayes, who lives in Limerick. She has a number of other relatives in Meath, Dublin, Louth and Leitrim. There are also bonds in Feakle. Former Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Hayes; renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes and their sister, Helen Hayes are also related to Mrs Snavely, as their father …

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Feakle woman is Ireland’s oldest ever

A FEAKLE native, now living in the United States, has reached a remarkable milestone as she has become Ireland’s oldest ever living person at 111 years of age. Kathleen Snavely, née Hayes, originally from Garraun in Feakle, reached the 327th day of her 111th year on Thursday and on February 16, will turn 112. The title for Ireland’s oldest born person was held by Katherine Plunket from County Louth, who was born in 1820 and lived to 111 and 327 days. Ms Plunket was listed from the earliest days of the Guinness Book of Records as Ireland’s oldest ever person and, in more recent times, a group called the GRG has maintained a table of the world’s oldest people. Now living Syracuse in New York State, Mrs Snavely resides at the Centres at St Camillus healthcare facility but up until she was around 104 years of age, she lived alone in her own home. Born in Feakle on February 16, …

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