Northern Ireland

Magdalene laundries playwright Patricia Burke Brogan dies

Patricia Burke Brogan died on Monday
Patricia Burke Brogan died on Monday

A PLAYWRIGHT widely recognised for her role in highlighting the brutal reality of the Republic's Magdalene laundries had died.

Patricia Burke Brogan, who was also a painter, poet and novelist, passed away in Galway on Monday. Originally from Co Clare, she was aged in her 90s.

She drew on her experiences as a 21-year-old nun working alongside residents in the former Magdelene laundry at Forster Street in Galway.

Best-known for her award-winning play 'Eclipsed', it focused on the immense suffering of the Magdalene women that she witnessed before she left the Sisters of Mercy.

The experience informed much of her writing over subsequent decades.

Alongside the late Ena McEntee, she was awarded the Freedom of Galway City earlier this year for their work in protecting and assisting the residents.

A plaque was unveiled to honour the two women close to the site where the laundry was located.

Former Mayor of Galway Colette Connolly said Ms Burke Brogan worked tirelessly to give a voice to those who were not able to speak for themselves.

Her funeral is due to take place in St Augustine's Church in Galway city tomorrow followed by burial in Bohermore Cemetery.

Ms Burke Brogan is predeceased by her husband Eddie.