The family and friends of Clare woman, Kathleen Snavley, will have a unique opportunity to hear her words from beyond the grave through a new film released last week. The East Clare woman, who was Ireland’s oldest ever person when she passed away earlier this year at 113 years old, will appear in the film ‘Older than Ireland’. The film, which was released in selected cinemas last Friday, features a previously unseen interview with the Feakle woman recorded before her death this year. Kathleen spent most of her life in America, spending her final days in Syracuse in New York.
“In the film she speaks about her emigrating and says how she was ‘happy but lonely’ after leaving Clare. She comes across as having a great sense of humour throughout and says how sick she gets of people asking her what’s the secret to reaching 100. She says she is still into her looks and tries her best to look young,” said a spokesperson from Snackbox Films, who made the film.
Born in Feakle 1902, she immigrated to America in 1921.
On January 8, 2014, she broke the record for the longest living person ever born on the island of Ireland, surpassing Annie Scott who was born on March 15, 1883. Kathleen is still remembered by locals in Feakle including Peggy Hayes, whose late husband, Patrick Joseph, was related to Kathleen.
Kathleen at 113.

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