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Mary Kate Byrne
Mary Kate Byrne
Byrne on her 107th birthday.
Birth: 14 August 1904
County Kildare, Ireland
Death: 31 December 2012
County Laois, Ireland
Age: 108 years, 139 days
Country: Ireland IRL

Mary Kate Byrne (née Stynes) (14 August 1904 – 31 December 2012) was an Irish centenarian who was the oldest known living person in Ireland since the death of Statia Kealy on 23 September 2011 until her own death.


Byrne was born in Ireland (then part of the UK), on 14 August 1904. She married William Byrne, who died in 1960. They had 4 children (2 of which predeceased her). Byrne broke her hip after a fall at the age of 105, but made a recovery. Byrne was also known by her nicknames "Polly" and "Poppy".

Following Statia Kealy's death on 23 September 2011, Byrne was Ireland's oldest person. She died on New Year's Eve 2012, aged 108 years, 139 days. Margaret O'Connell became Ireland's oldest person after her death.


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