The ‘truest, funniest and most memorable woman in Irish history’ may be long gone, but she has made a name for herself on social media.
In a series of tweets published on Saturday, Ms Shein dresses as Mary Shein, the daughter of a Protestant minister who fled to the United States in the 1800s.
“I am truly honoured to be immortalised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most beautiful woman in Ireland’,” Ms Sheen wrote.
“I am so blessed to be a part of a world record.”
A book on her life and career is scheduled to be published later this year.
“My mother had a vision in her mind of a beautiful country, she wanted it to be one that would always have a great heritage, and she was right,” she said.
Ms Shein was born in Cork in 1921 and raised in the Irish town of Tipperary, but was educated at St John’s College, Trinity College, before working as a schoolteacher and teacher.
In her final year at Trinity, she was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor of the history of Irish history, teaching in Dublin and Cork.
In 1974, she married a man named John Shein.
They divorced in 1979.
She later had four children, including a daughter and grandson.
In a statement to the Irish Times in 2016, she said she was “devastated” to be known as “the Irish Mary Sheen”.
“I’m sad that the world has given me such an unfair name.
I’m so very grateful to all of the people who have supported me through my whole life,” she wrote.”
To be told that you’ve been given a great title and made into a saint, even in a country where you’ve never lived, is a sad day indeed.”
The ‘totally beautiful’ Ms Sheins first tweet was in June 2018.
In 2017, the Guinness book of world records confirmed she had been the world’s most beautiful woman.
“It is a real pleasure to be honoured by Guinness with their award,” she tweeted.
“To be so honoured by a great Irish historian who is also my grandfather is a great privilege.
I hope everyone will enjoy this honor and that everyone will be inspired by the incredible journey of the woman who changed our lives for ever.”
In a book on Ms Sheines life, published in 2015, she wrote: “In the early days of my career I was a very simple woman.
I worked hard and was very proud of my accomplishments.
But then, my family decided that it was time to have a family.”
There were no good jobs available in my hometown of Cork, so I chose to leave to go to the States with my family.
I was 19 years old.
I knew that my life was in danger, but I knew the only way to get there was to work hard and be a good student.
“She continued: “When I arrived at the US, my grandfather came to the US and I knew my mother would soon leave.
So I worked as hard as I could and kept trying to get a job.
My mother always said she had to find a way to make sure I was going to get my degree.
I thought it was only a matter of time.
“Ms Sheins husband was a well-known businessman in the US.
He later died of heart failure in 1996.
Her daughter, Molly Shein told the Irish Independent: “It’s great to see that Guinness is giving a platform to someone like Mary Sheine who is a very famous Irish person, who is still in her prime.”
Ms Molly Sheine, who grew up in Cork, said she and her mother had been given permission by Guinness to publish a book about her mother’s life.”
She was a really great woman.””
She has a lot of great memories that she will never forget.
She was a really great woman.”