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President of Ireland

Mary Patricia McAleese, President of Ireland. Recipient Silver Jubilee commemoration medal Charles University, Prague, Great Gold medal Comenius University, Bratislava; honorary fellow Institute Engineers Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University Highlands and Islands; named one of 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes magazine, 2005-2009.


McAleese, Mary Patricia was born on June 27, 1951 in Belfast, Ireland. Daughter of Patrick Joseph and Claire (McManus) Leneghan.


Bachelor of Laws, Queen's University, Belfast, 1973. Business Level, Inn of Court Northern Ireland, Belfast, 1974. Business Level, Kings Inns, Dublin, 1978.

Master of Arts, Trinity College, Dublin, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), National University of Ireland. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Nottingham.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Victoria University of Technology, Australia. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. Mary's University of Canberra. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Queen's University, Belfast.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Loyola Law School. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Aberdeen. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Surrey.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Metropolitan University, Manchester. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Trinity College, Dublin. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rochester Institute of Technology.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Ulster. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Delaware. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bristol University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Queensland, Brisbane. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Harbin Institute of Technology. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Shenzhen University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Chile.


Reid professor Trinity College, 1975-1979, 81-87. Television presenter Radio Telefis Eireann, Dublin, 1979-1985. Director Institute Professional Legal Studies Queens University, Belfast, 1987-1997, pro vice chancellor, 1994-1997.

President Republic of Ireland, since 1997.


  • Other Work

    • Editor and director computer programs Criminal Procedure Indictment, 1990, Criminal Procedure Summary, 1991. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow Royal Society Arts, Royal College Surgeons (honorary), College Anaesthetists (honorary), Liverpool John Moore's University (honorary), Royal college Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow (honorary), Royal College Physicians Ireland. Member Royal Irish Academy, Bar Northern Ireland, Inn of Court Northern Ireland (honorary bencher, barrister-at-law), International Bar Association, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Honorary Society King's Inns (honorary bencher, barrister-at-law), Institute Linguists.


  • Other Interests

    Hill walking, theater, knitting, travel, theology.


Married Martin Philip McAleese, March 9, 1976. Children: Emma Claire, Justin Charles, Sara Mai.

Patrick Joseph Leneghan

Claire (McManus) Leneghan

Martin Philip McAleese

Emma Claire McAleese

Justin Charles McAleese

Sara Mai McAleese