Top scholar Emma proves she's a chip off the old block
FROM first family to one of the best in the class, Emma McAleese yesterday walked off with one of the top student honours at Trinity College, Dublin's.
The 26-year-old daughter of President Mary McAleese was named as a Trinity Scholar, marking her outstanding achievement in recent second-year exams.
Academic glory aside, a Trinity Scholar enjoys certain benefits, including an annual salary of €254, free rooms on campus and the waiving of fees and registration charges.
Emma is a Dental Science student, having taken a belated decision to follow in the career footsteps of her father, Dr Martin McAleese. She previously graduated in Engineering from UCD.
It has been a busy year for Emma, whose engagement to barrister Michael O'Connell, son of ex-Kerry footballer Mick O'Connell, was recently announced.
Emma, the eldest of the three McAleese children, is maintaining a strong family link with Trinity, where her mother was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology in 1975.
Emma was one of 83 scholars announced yesterday at a ceremony where 21 new Trinity Fellows -- the college's highest academic honour -- and three honorary fellows, including historian and broadcaster Dr John Bowman, were also named.