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Ireland's oldest person dies at the age of 107

Published 06/02/2013 | 04:00

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IRELAND'S oldest person has died at the age of 107.

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Annie Kett (nee Hayes), pictured, was born on November 1, 1905 in The Glen, Killaloe, Co Clare.

She passed away at Thorpe's Nursing home in Clarina, Co Limerick, on Sunday, having celebrated her 107th birthday there in December.

Her daughter Peg Courtney said: "My mother was in the nursing home for about two and a half years and had lived with me for about 30 years after my father died. She used to love knitting, sewing and crochet."

Mrs Kett spent her early years living in Killaloe in a family with three brothers and three sisters, until she went to England in her twenties to study nursing.

She returned to Clare in 1935 and married John Kett from Kilkishen in 1937.

Mrs Kett cited hard work allied to a strong religious faith as factors in her longevity.

Mrs Kett became Ireland's oldest citizen after Mary-Kate Byrne, from Grange, Maganey in Co Laois, died in December at the age of 108.

Irish Independent

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