Máirín Lynch was the wife of the fourth Taoiseach of Ireland Jack Lynch. Máirín O'Connor was born in Dublin in 1916. Her father was a naval doctor lost at sea during the first World War; her mother worked for the Dublin Industrial Development Association. She met her future hisband Jack Lynch, a star on both the Cork senior hurling and football teams, in the early 1940s. The couple married on August 10, 1946.