Mary McAleese

This lady, our former President has her birthday today.  Having spent 2 terms in the Aras this woman has left her mark on Irish society without a doubt.

Not afraid to speak out about how her eldest son was bullied for being Gay, only last week contacted the New York times on their article regarding the tragedy in Berkley and of course that historical visit by the Queen and her reaction when HRH the Queen started her speech in Dublin Castle as Gaeilge.

Royal visit to Ireland Day 1...Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Irish President Mary McAleese after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2011. The Queen set foot on Irish soil today for the start of a historic state visit which will herald a new era in relations between Britain and the Republic. Politicians on both side of the Irish Sea have described the four-day event as momentous. See PA story IRISH Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arriving at Aras an Uachtarain

I always found her compassionate I must say and I thought her facial expressions always spoke volumes.  I remember her once speaking about a particular families tragedy and I felt you could nearly sense their pain in her face.

Since she left the Aras she has adopted the ever fashionable crew cut.  I think its nice on her.  Come on better than the “Bodywave”.

Mary Mac4

All of the occasion wear, except her select few, were given to charity after she left the Aras.  She wasn’t afraid to wear bold colours.  She could carry them and the plethera of Irish Designers that looked after her were well aware of it and capitalised on it.  According to those who watched her style closely she developed a sense of style and really tried to promote Irish designers,” – from Caroline Kilkenny, to Lyn-Mar, Tyrell and Brennan, or a well tailored two piece Louise Kennedy suit.

She visits Kerry often, South Kerry to be exact as her daughter is married to the son of a legendary Kerryman in Mick O’Connell.

Since leaving the Aras Mary has settled on the family farm in Co. Roscommon.  Let’s hope there’s some fresh homemade cooking to help her celebrate today.

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