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Women Of The West: Part 1, Mary Eileen 'Mim' Murphy Walsh

March is Women’s History Month, and Arizona boasts of many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known?

In the series, Women of the West, we explore stories of Arizona women who helped shape their communities and our state’s history.

Today, The Show kicked it off with Irish immigrant Mary Eileen Murphy Walsh — or “Mim,” as she was called.

Her husband, Paddy Walsh, was diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctor advised him to move to the arid west of America. Together, they left the green hills of Ireland for the dry deserts of southern Arizona.

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Mim isn’t famous or a historic figure, but she kept a very extensive diary that documents life in Tucson in the early 20th century. The diary is so well detailed that  University of Arizona Professor Emerita Judy Nolte Temple is writing her own book about it.

Temple found the diary when she was looking for new material for one of her courses, and someone at the Arizona Historical Society told her there was a new one that had been recently opened. It had been sealed for 25 years and no one else had read it until then.

Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.