Kathleen Snavely
Kathleen Snavely
Kathleen Snavely at the age 113
Birth: 16 February 1902
Garraun, Clare, Ireland
Death: 6 July 2015
Syracuse, New York, USA
Age: 113 years, 140 days
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Kathleen Snavely (née Hayes; 16 February 1902 – 6 July 2015) is the oldest verified Irish person ever, at the age of 113 years, 140 days.


Kathleen Rollins Snavely was born to Patrick and Ellen Hayes on 16 February 1902 in Garraun, near Feakle, County Clare, one of three siblings. She emigrated to the United States in 1921 to live with an uncle in Syracuse, New York.[1]

She married Roxie Rollins in 1924, and they were married for 44 years. They set up the Seneca Dairy, which was a successful business and popular ice cream parlour. Rollins died in 1968, and Kathleen married a second time to Jesse Snavely in 1970. Jesse died in 1988. She had no children.[2]

She became the longest-lived person from what is now the Republic of Ireland on 10 January 2014, at the age of 111 years and 328 days when she surpassed the age of Katherine Plunket (1820–1932). She became the longest-lived person from the island of Ireland on 26 March 2015, at the age of 113 years and 38 days when she surpassed the age of Annie Scott (1883-1996).[3][4] She died in a nursing home in Syracuse on 6 July 2015, aged 113 years and 140 days.