Mary Kennedy and Mary McAleese share how friendship brought them to podcasting

Mary Kennedy and Mary McAleese Pic: Evan Doherty

Mary Kennedy and Mary McAleese are two of Ireland’s most iconic women.

And when they announced that they would be joining forces to create a podcast together we couldn’t have been more excited. Well, we were a bit more excited when they agreed to be VIP Magazine’s April cover stars.

The Two Marys have been friends for many years now, starting their friendship in a walking group. How do we get an invite?

Mary McAleese, the former president, tells us in our April issue: “It started out when we did the Camino together way back in 2008. I brought a group of friends, Mary brought a group of friends and off we went.”

Mary Kennedy adds: “We have lost two of our walking friends down through the years, both very tragically, but our group is still very tight. This month, twenty of us are off to hike in Bobbio, Italy in the footsteps of St. Columbanus.”

And there’s no stopping the two women as Mary Kennedy explains: “I think I do need to have projects. If I don’t have a project, I get a little bit in on myself, a little bit down.”

Mary Kennedy and Mary McAleese Pic: Evan Doherty

She admits that she finds it “hard to bypass an opportunity”, although she has gotten to a stage where she doesn’t “want to be busy all the time”.

“I don’t know how much longer I have left but, what I do know is that I really want to have relationships with my grandchildren. This morning my grandson came into my bedroom and said, ‘Nana, can I get into your bed for a cuddle’. I mean, that’s what life is about.”

Her pal and podcast co-host Mary McAleese adds: “I just think you’re a long time dead! I don’t want to be morbid but we’re going to be dead a hell of a lot longer than we lived! I just want to enjoy everything that is out there before I start to go down the rabbit hole of some awful illness!”

To read our full interview with The Two Marys pick up the April issue of VIP Magazine on shelves now

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