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.