A Bridge for Rosie: What’s all this racket about Rosie Hackett?
Date: Tuesday 20th August 2013
Location: The Connolly Hall, in Liberty Hall, Dublin
- Tara Flynn, comedienne and actress
- Dr Mary McAuliffe, historian and lecturer on Irish Women’s History at UCD Women’s Studies
- Rita Fagan, Dublin Community Activist
- Padraig Yeates, author of Lockout: Dublin 1913
Dublin City has 16 bridges over the River Liffey and not one is named after a woman. We call on Dublin City Council to name the new Marlborough Street bridge the Rosie Hackett Bridge. Rosie was a founder member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union; was involved in the 1931 Lockout; and fought for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising. We believe that in this, the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, we should pay tribute to the many women who made a huge contribution to the workers’ movement. Naming the bridge for Rosie Hackett would do that.
Come and join us for a fun and informative night to find out more about Rosie Hackett, the woman. All welcome!
Socialist, trade unionist and member of the Irish Citizen Army – Rosie was exceptional. Born in Dublin in 1892 she joined the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in 1909, the year it was established. At 18, she led the strike that won a pay rise for 3,000 women in Jacobs Factory. In 1911, she co-founded the Irish Women Workers Union which in 1948 won two weeks pay for all workers. She took part in the 1913 Dublin Lockout. She worked in the Eden Quay Co-operative – proving her strong connection with the area. She fought for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising and occupied the Royal College of Surgeons with Countess Markievicz. Rosie Hackett died in 1976, after working in the trade union movement for 60 years.
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