Oldest Irish person thanks God

The oldest Irish person in history has died aged 113. Co. Clare native Kathleen Snavely passed away at a nursing home in New York on Monday.

In an interview, she recalled arriving in the US with just a few dollars to her name. “I remember when I had nothing,” she said. “I just thank God for always helping to lift me up.”

Born to parents Patrick and Ellen Hayes on February 16, 1902 in Feakle, Co. Clare, she had two sisters, Lena and Anna May, as well as two brothers, Martin and Pat.