Ireland’s second oldest person dies, at 109


By Madeline O’Connor

THE second oldest living Irish person has died at the age of 109 and eight months.

Sister Mary Victor Walters died at the Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, New Jersey after falling ill in April.

Originally from Cornamara, Galway in 1904, Mary moved to the US in 1925.

She joined the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1928 and served in various U.S. states before joining the Lady of the Angels Convent in 2004. There she was an assistant of the novices, and became responsible for training young nuns.

Hundreds of people, including Mary’s family and the local mayor, attended the funeral.

Tributes were paid at her burial at the Lady of the AngelsCemetery last Saturday, including one from Sister Pat Coyle who described her as “a very kind and thoughtful person.”

The oldest living Irish person is Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavley, who is 112 and lives in New York City.


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