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‘I feel good about myself. Why should a woman slip into middle age?’ – Constance Cassidy

Senior counsel, mother of seven and owner of historic Lissadell House with her husband Eddie Walsh, Constance Cassidy loves working hard and is proud of her accomplishments and has no intention of giving in to ageing

Constance Cassidy in Lissadell House in Sligo: ‘I think Ireland is quite an ageist society and I still think I can make people look at me when I walk into a room’Picture: James Connolly

Sitting in front of a roaring fire with a glass of white Burgundy on the mantelpiece, Constance Cassidy muses on whether she is living the dream.The well-known senior counsel is sitting across from me on a Saturday evening in Lissadell House, the 19th-century mansion she has owned for two decades. Cassidy has a historic house, happy family and successful career, so on the surface she has an ideal life, but she thinks that needs to ...