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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.
Kathleen Rollins Snavely, who was originally from Co Clare, emigrated to the US in 1921.
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.
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.
She married her first husband Roxie Rollins in 1928. He later went on to found Seneca Dairy.

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