The dedication in Dr Marie Cassidy’s new book is addressed to her family. It reads: “This might explain all those times I wasn’t there. Sorry”.

The chapters that follow in Beyond the Tape tell the story of a woman who marched to the beat of her own drum from the very beginning, rose to the top of a tough profession and, though surrounded by death, has managed to remain surprisingly upbeat.

Over 15 years as Ireland’s first female State pathologist, she travelled the length and breadth of the country, and along the way witnessed many harrowing scenes.

Professor Marie Cassidy became a forensic pathologist back in 1985. She jokes that back then “no one knew what a forensic pathologist was”, but now thanks to TV shows such as Silent Witness and franchises like CSI, everyone thinks they have an idea.

Published book:

Beyond the Tape – 2020