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The oldest Irish-born woman dies
07 Jul 2015 23:11
The oldest Irish-born woman has died in Syracuse, New York at the age of 113.
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Kathleen Rollins Snavely, who was originally from Co Clare, emigrated to the US in 1921.
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Born in Feakle on 16 February 1902, Kathleen Hayes is listed in the 1911 census as an eight-year-old "scholar", the second of three daughters at that time to parents Patrick and Ellen Hayes.
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She worked as a business apprentice in Dublin and Limerick as a teenager, but an uncle in the US encouraged her to join him and his family in Syracuse, which had a thriving Irish community.
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She married her first husband Roxie Rollins in 1928. He later went on to found Seneca Dairy.
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