8. Presidential Facts: All Irish presidents were Irish right? Oh wait, what about that Northern Irishman, Higgins? Yep, Northern Irish but is that really unusual? Not really.
Did you know one president was not even born in Ireland? Eamon de Valera, 3rd president of the Republic of Ireland in 1921 was American, born in New York City to Catherine Coll Wheelwright in 1882. His mother claimed his father was Juan Vivian de Valera and that they were married in September of 1881 in New Jersey although no records were ever found. De Valera was also the only man arrested after the 1916 Easter Uprising to not be executed, most likely because of his American heritage.
All right so one American Irishman leading the country. Pretty good I'd say. Any other unusual facts?
Ireland is ahead of the U.S in equal rights in the fact that two of her presidents have actually been female. Both names Mary. They are Mary Robinson from County Mayo served from 1900 to 1907 and Mary Patricia McAleese from Northern Ireland serving 1997 to 2011. They also served lecturers of law at Trinity College.
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