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President Hillery's wife Maeve dies at 91

The widow of former president Patrick Hillery, Dr Maeve Hillery, has passed away aged 91.

A UCD medical graduate, Dr Hillery (nee Finnegan) passed away peacefully at her home, in Sutton, Dublin, surrounded by her family, at the weekend.

Originally from Spanish Point, Co Clare, she moved to Dublin to study medicine at UCD. It was here she met Patrick and the couple married in 1955.

During her long life, she also lived in Brussels, Galway and Sheffield.

Dr Hillery is survived by her son John, daughter-in-law Carolyn, sister Angela, brother-in-law David, and four grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter Vivienne and her husband, who died in 2008. Patrick Hillery died on April 12, 2008 at home following a short illness.

He was the sixth president of Ireland, holding the position from 1976 to 1990. He also previously served as Ireland's fist European commissioner and as minister for education and minister for foreign affairs before his appointment to the Aras.

Dr Hillery will repose at her home this evening and a funeral mass will be held at 12pm on Tuesday at St Fintan's Church in Sutton, Dublin. She will be buried afterwards at St Fintan's Cemetery.