Midwife Mrs Catherine Mathot

Duleek County Meath

Emma Laffey

Midwife Catherine Mathot was born Catherine McNally Loughshinny, Skerries, County Dublin in 1915 to parents Tom and Mary McNally (nee Whyte). Catherine’s mother Mary McNally (nee Whyte) was also a midwife and she did her community midwifery in the Skerries area during early 20th century. When Catherine was just 3 years old she was sent to live with her Grandparent’s in Duleek County Meath where she remained all her life but returned home to Skerries regularly to visit.

She trained as a midwife in Holles Street during the 1940s qualifying in 1944 and stopped for a short time after she was married to Adam Mathot a Dutch horticulturist to have her family. But the untimely death of her husband and with five small children under the age of six. It brought Catherine some challenges and a lot of hardship which she faced graciously. She returned to midwifery as soon as the first position became available. Catherine took up a post in Duleek County Meath as community midwife and then later worked in the Cottage Hospital in Drogheda County Louth which she cycled too everyday to work.

To hear more about Catherine story you can look through the gallery and click on the link below to hear an interview and listen to her daughter Mary Matthews tell the story of her mother.

Midwife Mrs Catherine Mathot
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This page was added on 29/01/2024.

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