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Mairin Hughes
Mairin Hughes
Birth: 22 May 1914
Down County, Ireland
Age: 107 years, 243 days
Country: Ireland IRL

Mairin Hughes [Irish: Máirín] (née O’Sheehan; born 22 May 1914) is an Irish centenarian who is currently the oldest known living woman in Ireland and the fourth-oldest known living Irish person overall.


Mairin Hughes was born in Down County, Ireland on 22 May 1914. Her father was Liam O’Sheehan. She had at least two older brothers Ruaridh and Conn and one sister Elizabeth. She grew up in Rathmore, County Kerry, Ireland.

In 1924, she moved to Cork where she went on to graduate from University College Cork and work in pathology. Hughes did a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, and worked in the pathology lab in UCC’s Department of Medicine for 14 years.

Hughes married Frank Hughes in 1950 and they lived in Palmerstown. Frank died in 1986.

Hughes was honoured with a UCC Alumni Achievement Award in 2018. Her cousin Maire Godfrey died in March 2018 at the age of 103.

In May 2021, she celebrated her 107th birthday. At the time, she had one living sister Elizabeth.

She became the oldest known living woman in Ireland, following the death of 107-year-old Nancy Stewart on 10 September 2021.

Mairin Hughes currently lives at Maryfield nursing home in Chapellizod, Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 107 years, 243 days.