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Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan
Birth: 30 August 1893
Corofin, County Galway, Ireland
Death: 2 December 2004
Corofin, County Galway, Ireland
Age: 111 years, 94 days
Country: Ireland IRL

Margaret Dolan (30 August 1893 – 2 December 2004) was an Irish supercentenarian who was the oldest person living in Ireland at the time of her death. Her age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Margaret Dolan was born in the village of Corofin, County Galway, Ireland (then part of the UK), as the eldest of seven children born to Michael and Julia Dolan. Media reports differed as to her date of birth; it was variously reported as 27 July, 28 July, and 28 August 1893; however, according to her birth record, she was born on 30 August 1893. In the 1920s, she spent two years in New York, USA, but returned to Ireland at the time of the Wall Street Crash. She never married.

In her later life, Dolan lived with her niece in Galway, Ireland. She broke her hip at the age of 100. To celebrate her 110th birthday, was presented with a medal from Irish President Mary McAleese and the Mayor of Galway, Terry O’Flaherty, presented her with a bouquet of flowers. She died in Ireland on 2 December 2004, at the age of 111 years, 94 days.

Longevity Records

Dolan became the oldest person living in Ireland following the death of 107 year-old John Ryan on 4 May 2000. Dolan subsequently also became the oldest living person born in Ireland following the death of 110 year-old emigrant to the USA Catherine Furey on 30 November 2003. Following Dolan's death on 2 December 2004, 108 year-old Eileen Richardson became Ireland's oldest living person.

As well as becoming the oldest living Irish person upon the death of Catherine Furey, Dolan also became the last surviving Irish person born in 1893. She subsequently became the last surviving Irish person born before 1895 following Margaret Bly's death on 4 August 2004, and the last born before 1896 following Martha Holmes's death on 15 August 2004.

At the time of her death, Dolan was the fourth-oldest Irish person ever recorded, after Katherine Plunket, Elizabeth Munson, and emigrant Margaret Hegarty. As of 2020, Dolan's age has since only been surpassed by one other Irish person, Kathleen Snavely.



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