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When in Rome... Mary shows off chic new haircut

CLEARLY still enjoying life as a student, former president Mary McAleese was all smiles at the Trevi Fountain in Rome yesterday as she showed off her tightly cropped blonde hairstyle.

The former president first unveiled her new hairstyle when she collected the Tipperary International Peace Award in July.

After 14 years in the Aras, Mrs McAleese was keen for a more low-maintenance hairdo as she embarked on the next chapter in her life as a student.

Currently studying Canon Law in Rome, it came as no surprise to many that she opted for a lower maintenance style in the sometimes energy-sapping heat of Rome.