SOME of the keepsakes belonging to midwife Mary Kate Jennings, née Connell. Photo: Ray Ryan

Honouring the 'Women of the Knee'

ALMOST 40 years after the late broadcaster Jim Fahy brought the story of rural midwives to a national audience, a historian in Skehana has curated a wider exhibition in honour of those who helped birth generations of Galway people over the past 100 years.

Emma Laffey is a health care assistant in Portiuncula Hospital and has a long love of history and heritage. As a member of Skehana and District Heritage Group, she has spent the past year gathering interviews, photographs, documentation and video that has culminated in the An Bhean Ghlúin – Woman of the Knee project.

The exhibition will be launched in Portiuncula Hospital as part of Heritage Week and Emma is thrilled to be able to share her research with a wider audience.

“I’ve always loved heritage and history and my children’s great- great-grandmother was a nurse who served during the War of Independence; so, I’ve always been keen to know more,” she said.

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