Freedom of the City awarded to two women for heroic acts

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Mayor Colette Connolly with Patricia Burke Brogan and her Freedom of the City scroll. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

The Freedom of the City of Galway has been awarded to Patricia Burke Brogan and the late Ena Mc Entee at a special meeting held in the Hardiman Hotel.

The two women spent years assisting women who were in the Magdalene Laundry on Forster Street.

Patricia Burke Brogan was a noviciate, who used her writings to comment on what happened on the Laundry, when she left the religious order of which she was a member.

Ena Mc Entee and her family assisted women to escape from the Laundry and start a new life in new locations.

In her address, Mayor Colette Connolly said that these women offered a small glimmer of hope to those who were otherwise possessed of none at the time.

“They stood for women’s rights, and we are extremely proud of them.”

A plaque in honour of the women was unveiled at 2:30pm by Mayor Colette Connolly.