Kathleen Snavely at the age 113
|Birth:||16 February 1902|
Garraun, Clare, Ireland, UK (now Republic of Ireland)
|Death:||6 July 2015|
Syracuse, New York, USA
|Age:||113 years, 140 days|
Kathleen Snavely (née Hayes; 16 February 1902 – 6 July 2015) was a validated Irish-American supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest validated Irish-born person ever, at the age of 113 years, 140 days.
Kathleen Rollins Snavely was born as one of three siblings to Patrick and Ellen Hayes in Garraun, near Feakle, County Clare, Ireland, United Kingdom (now Republic of Ireland), on 16 February 1902. She emigrated to the United States in 1921 to live with her uncle in Syracuse, New York.
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.
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). She died in a nursing home in Syracuse, New York, USA, on 6 July 2015, aged 113 years and 140 days.
- Kathleen Snavely: Oldest Irish person in history passes away at age of 113 Irish Independent. 6 July 2015.
- Centenarians: the oldest recorded Irish people The Irish Times 22 August 2015
- Oldest ever Irish person bids farewell after 113 years 140 days Irish Central. 7 July 2015
- Woman makes history as longest living Irish person UTV. 25 March 2015