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Elizabeth Munson
Elizabeth Munson
Munson (third from left) celebrating her 103rd birthday in 1975
Birth: 6 May 1872
Dublin, Ireland
Death: 2 February 1984
Dublin, Ireland
Age: 111 years, 272 days
Country: Ireland IRL

Elizabeth Mary Munson (née Turner; 6 May 1872 – 2 February 1984) was an Irish supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Ireland at the time of her death. As of 2020, she is the third-oldest Irish person ever recorded, after Kathleen Snavely and Katherine Plunket.

Munson's age is currently pending validation by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Munson was born on 6 May 1872 in Dublin, Ireland (then part of the UK). She worked as a tailor in a department store. She was married to Sgt. William Munson from 1908 until his death in 1915. The couple had two sons and one daughter, May Nicholson, who lived to the age of 99.

Munson died in Dublin, Ireland on 2 February 1984, at the age of 111 years, 272 days. At the time of her death, she had 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Longevity Records

Munson likely became the oldest person living in Ireland at some point between 1975 and 1977. Upon reaching the age of 110 in 1982, Munson became the second recorded supercentenarian in Ireland's history. At the time of her death in 1984, she was just eight weeks shy of surpassing Katherine Plunket's record which had stood for well over half a century.

As of 2020, Munson is the third-oldest Irish person ever recorded, her age having been surpassed by Kathleen Snavely in 2013. However, as Snavely emigrated to the United States, Munson remains the second-oldest person ever to have died in Ireland.


Ireland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Elizabeth Munson • Katie Duggan • Thomas Keaveney • Patrick Ward • Kate TahenyPeter HarteCatherine Fitzmaurice • Bernardine O'Malley • Maryann Henthorne • Mamie Geraghty • Agnes O'Brien • Margaret Cranny • Mary Ellen Geaney • Annie Murphy • Carthage Bohan • Catherine Stapleton • Mary MurrayMary O'Neill • John Ryan • Margaret Dolan • Eileen Richardson • Annie Callan • Bridget Conroy • Margaret Conway • Olivia Breen • Statia Kealy • Mary Kate Byrne • Margaret O'Connell • Molly Madden • Nora Canavan • Sarah Clancy • Elizabeth Gallagher • Margaret Boland • Dorothea FindlaterElizabeth DempseyMary CoyneAnonymousMichael O’Connor