Ireland’s oldest woman dies at Limerick nursing home

David Hurley and Mik

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David Hurley and Mik

Ireland’s oldest person Annie Kett, has died at a nursing home in County Limerick at the age of 107.

Ireland’s oldest person Annie Kett, has died at a nursing home in County Limerick at the age of 107.

The country didn’t have a president - King Edward VII was head of state - when Annie Hayes was born in The Glen, Killaloe, in 1905.

One of six children, she attended the local school and emigrated to England in the 1920s to train as a nurse.

She returned to her native County Clare in the mid-1930s and married Kilkishen farmer John Kett in 1937 - the year of De Valera’s constitution.

John Kett died in the early 70s and Annie lived with Margaret near Askeaton for around 30 years before moving into Thorpe’s in Clarina.

Before Christmas, staff at the nursing home celebrated with Mrs Kett’s family to mark her 107th birthday,

Mrs Kett, who is survived by her children grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be laid to rest in Garraunboy, Killaloe on Thursday.