The Freedom of Galway is to be awarded this afternoon to Patricia Burke Brogan, and posthumously to Ena McEntee, who both worked to protect and assist residents of the former Magdelene Laundry in Galway during the 1960s.

Ena McEntee coordinated the escape of 15 women from the former laundry, helped by her husband and sons.

Ms Burke Brogan wrote the play 'Eclipsed' in 1992, which dealt with the reality of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries.

A special Galway City Council meeting will take place hits afternoon, followed by the unveiling of a plaque to honour both women, close to the site where the laundry was located.

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