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Irish Mirror
Laura Colgan

Former State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy set to join RTE's Dancing With The Stars

Former State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy is set to put on her dancing shoes to take part in Dancing With The Stars.

Marie, who was the first woman to be state pathologist in Ireland, said she is determined to have fun during her time on the hit RTE show.

Marie said: “I haven’t stopped smiling since I was asked to be part of Dancing With The Stars.

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“Who would have thought! It’s going to be a challenge as I’m not used to just having fun.

“But bring it on, the more sequins the better.

“Just got to learn to dance! Over to you, partner.”

Marie held the role of state pathologist for 14 years from 2004 to 2018 and worked on every high-profile case in Ireland during that time.

She is also professor of Forensic Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Trinity College.

Glasgow-born Marie, whose parents hail from Donegal, found that people in Ireland are obsessed by death.

She once said that a sense of humour was essential in forensic pathology.

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.

In recent years, Marie took up ballet, a hobby she had as a child.

Marie is set to join beauty blogger turned businesswoman Suzanne Jackson, drag queen Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), singer Brooke Scullion and former Dublin footballer Paul Brogan on Dancing with the Stars.

They are among 11 contestants competing for the glitterball trophy.

The series, hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli and Doireann Garrihy, returns to RTE One in January.


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