|Birth:||22 May 1914|
Down County, Ireland
|Age:||107 years, 243 days|
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.
- Mamó's bucket list ahead of her 100th birthday Irish Times, 23 May 2015
- Máire Godfrey (née Cox) Obituaty RIP.ie, 19 March 2018
- 106 year-old Máirín has a background in chemistry and experimental physics Echo.ie, 3 June 2020
- Trailblazer Máirín celebrates her 107th birthday Echo.ie, 22 May 2021
- Ireland's oldest nursing home resident celebrates turning 107 - with a trip in the Popemobile Sunday World, 30 May 2021
- UCC alum Máirín Hughes celebrates her 107th birthday, May 2021
- At 107 years of age Máirín cheers on Liffey canoeists Echo.ie, 17 September 2021