Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely from East Clare has been filmed celebrating becoming the longest living person in the history of the island of Ireland by singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”
Kathleen was joined by family and friends at a nursing home in Syracuse, New York, where they gathered to mark the milestone.
The longest living person ever born on the island of Ireland was Annie Scott (born 1883) who died in 1996, aged 113 years and 37 days. This week however, Kathleen overtook this landmark age.
Kathleen was born in 1902 at Garraun, near the East Clare village of Feakle. The 1911 Census shows that Kathleen had two siblings, namely Lena (1) and Anna May (9). Her parents were Patrick and Ellen Hayes. The below image, obtained by The Clare Herald from The National Archives, shows her family’s Census form return in 1911.
To put it all into context, Kathleen was 14 when The Easter Rising took place in 1916, 67 when man landed on the moon in 1969, and she has lived through 19 different US Presidencies and two World Wars.