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Former President Mary McAleese

Former President Mary McAleese

Former President Mary McAleese

Former President Mary McAleese is taking up a new role after being appointed as a professor at a London university.

The 63-year-old has been appointed as a Professor in Irish Studies at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London.

The new role comes as the well known Catholic university prepares to celebrate the 165th anniversary of its foundation.

The former President (inset) will take up her position in the School of Arts and Humanities.

During her presidency, the historic negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 were reached.

Negotiations

She will teach on the MA Irish Studies programme and in particular its "new perspectives on Irish history" seminar series.

"I am delighted to join St Mary's at an exciting time in its growth and development and look forward to meeting both students and staff," she said.

"I particularly look forward to working closely with the excellent team at its centre for Irish Studies as it researches the continuing development of Anglo-Irish relations," she added.

Mrs McAleese served as the President from 1997 to 2011. Since her second presidential term ended, she has graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome with a Licentiate in Canon Law, where she is currently completing a Doctorate.

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