Persse was a member of the Persse Distillery family of Galway, and a relation of Lady Gregory. She lived in Glenarde, Galway, with her father, Henry S. Persse, manager of the distillery at Nun's Island. In 1899 she was one of two women candidates in the west and south ward of Galway's Poor Law Unions. She withdrew from consideration as a Poor Law Guardian upon the death of her father, and did not contest any future election.
- On the "Western Outpost":Local Government and Women's Suffrage in County Galway, 1898-1918, Mary Clancy, pp. 557–587, in "Galway:History and Society", 1996
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