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Historic: Mary McAleese and husband Martin (left) with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the 2011 royal visit to Ireland

Historic: Mary McAleese and husband Martin (left) with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the 2011 royal visit to Ireland

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Historic: Mary McAleese and husband Martin (left) with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the 2011 royal visit to Ireland

Royal visits, Egyptian mummies and the Empire of misogyny – Mary McAleese’s book records her path through a rapidly changing Ireland.

Madhouse

While Mary McAleese was in Belfast studying for her law finals in 1973-1974, her future husband Martin moved to Dublin where he ended up sharing a “madhouse” on Garville Avenue, Rathgar, with future rugby legend Moss Keane and others.