May Spain's family had to sing Happy 106th Birthday from outside the gate of Orwell Healthcare Nursing Home in Rathgar in Dublin today. 

As May waved back to her family and friends, staff at the facility presented the 106-year-old with a birthday cake and flowers. 

May Spain said, "I wish to thank each and every one of you that is here, you are so kind..bringing me all this stuff. I appreciate it very much."

May is no stranger to the screen, she featured in the documentary "Older Than Ireland" back in 2015 which starred people aged 100 years and over.

May was filmed in her Milltown home at the time where she reflected on her life.

May isn't getting to spend her 106th birthday up close with family members this year.

But her nearest and dearest along with nursing home staff are finding other ways to mark her special day. 

A special notice was taken out in The Irish Times to mark May's special day. 

It read: "Sorry we can't be with you today. Our thanks to Orwell Nursing Home Rathgar for keeping you safe and well. With love from all your family."