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Dr Marie Cassidy Biography – Dr Marie Cassidy Wiki
Dr Marie Cassidy is a forensic pathologist and Ireland’s first female state pathologist. She was the State Pathologist of Ireland from 2004 to 2018. She is also a professor of Forensic Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Trinity College.
Deciding to pursue a career in medicine after watching her coalman father suffer from ill health, Marie quickly discovered she wasn’t cut out for life on a hospital ward.
“I found it quite traumatic to deal with people who weren’t well. So I moved to pathology and then discovered the post mortem side of it and, strangely, that interested me most. From there, it was a natural progression to move completely away from the living and into dealing with the dead,” she told the Sunday Business Post. “I found it fascinating, delving into a body and discovering how it worked and why it stopped working.”
Dr Marie Cassidy, who grew up in Scotland and has family roots in Donegal, became a forensic pathologist back in 1985. She worked as a consultant forensic pathologist in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in Glasgow for 13 years, investigating unnatural deaths and homicides from gangland shootings and stabbings to drug deaths, road traffic accidents and suicides.
In 1998, she got the call from Ireland’s then state pathologist Professor John Harbison about a post as his deputy. When Harbison retired in 2003, Cassidy was appointed state pathologist, a role she held until 2018.
As well as her roles in Glasgow and Ireland, Dr Cassidy also took up a position with the United Nations’ War Crimes team, travelling to high-risk places like the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone.
Having retired in 2018, Marie and husband Phil decided to follow their grown-up children, Kieran and Sarah, from Ireland to London.
Since she retired Marie has authored documentaries on RTÉ including Dr Cassidy’s Casebook and Cold Case Collins. She has also written a book about her career, Beyond The Tape, which recounts the processes of her job.
Dr Marie Cassidy Age
Marie Cassidy was born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr Marie Cassidy Husband Philip
Is Dr Marie Cassidy married? She is married to her husband Philip. She said they didn’t plan to get married but her mother said they couldn’t live together without tying the knot.
“When we bought a house my mother went ‘You can’t live together if you’re not married!’ so we thought ‘Ah we’ll just get married so.'” she told the RTE Guide.
Marie lives with her husband in the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, about an hour’s train ride away from London.
Dr Marie Cassidy Family
Forensic expert Marie Cassidy has Irish roots through her grandmother came from a little village called Doochary in Donegal before settling in Scotland. Born in Glasgow, her parents were from Donegal. She has an older brother and a younger sister.
Dr Marie Cassidy and her Scottish husband Phil have two adult children – Kieran and Sarah. She also didn’t plan to have kids.
“I can’t stand children, never wanted them but I ended up having two, God bless the poor ones,” she laughed.
In 1998, she moved from Glasgow to Dublin with her Scottish husband Philip and young son and daughter, Kieran and Sarah.
She remembers her daughter, in particular, being upset that she would never see her friends again, so Cassidy made her a promise. “I told her that we’d go, try it for a year and then have a family meeting and if they still didn’t like it they’d go back… and she believed me,” she told writer Katy Harrington.
The good news is they were all genuinely happy in Dublin. “The Irish psyche is very similar to the Scottish psyche,” she says, “so it wasn’t a huge cultural difference when we arrived.”
The dedication in Dr Marie Cassidy’s book is addressed to her family. It reads: “This might explain all those times I wasn’t there. Sorry”.
Dr Marie Cassidy Dancing with the Stars
In 2023, former State pathologist Marie Cassidy was a contestant on the sixth series of Dancing with the Stars Ireland. She was paired with her dancing partner Stephen Vincent, who’s 5′ 11″ in height.
Dr Marie Cassidy Height
How tall is Marie Cassidy? She’s small in stature.
Dr Marie Cassidy Salary
A deputy State Pathologist in Ireland commands a salary of €141,638, plus an entitlement to a call-out allowance subject to a maximum annual limit of €22,304. As State Pathologist, Marie Cassidy’s salary was definitely higher than that of a deputy State Pathologist.
Dr Marie Cassidy Net Worth
Former State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy’s net worth is estimated to be €1 million.
She has a Scottish accent.