The death has occurred of Ireland's oldest woman.

Mary-Kate Byrne, from Grange, Maganey in Co Laois, passed away today, aged 108.

Also known as Polly, Mary-Kate was born on 14 August 1904.

Predeceased by her husband William, son Joe and daughter Lilly, she is survived by her sons Liam and Michael, daughters-in-law Nellie and Theresa, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ms Byrne will be buried following funeral mass at St Abban's Church in Killeen on Thursday.