Rosie Hackett – if you don’t know who she was then you will after International Women’s Day. The new bridge across the Liffey is to be named after her and her involvement in the Dublin 1913 Lockout will be celebrated at Liberty Hall on Saturday March 8 from 7pm onwards. Rosie, an inspiring trade unionist throughout her long life, died in 1976.
Earlier in the day, there is a marvellous walk through Dublin marking the various points in the city where women played an important role in bringing about better living and working conditions in places such as Jacobs Biscuit Factory, where Rosie was a teenage trade union organiser.
I did part of this walk last week and was stunned by the amount of information we got. Jacobs, an employer better than many, paid their female workers a pittance though paid a loyalty gift of one shilling to those who returned to the factory when the Lockout ended. Needless to say, Rosie didn’t get her shilling.
At the Royal College of Surgeons ( HQ for that part of Dublin during 1916 ) Countess Markewicz (spelling!)was second in command and, in 1922 was appointed a government minister – the first woman to get such a post.
We were asked who we thought was the second and – no, we didn’t know. Do you? Not surprising if you don’t as a woman minister wasn’t appointed for another 57 years and I’m not telling you who it was because that would spoil the walk for you.
There’s lots more on this walk – Tom Clark’s widow, the Quaker in Buswells, why Hannah Skeffington lost her job – and to sustain you on the walk there are delicious fig rolls.
Places are limited to 24. The walk is free though donations are welcome. Book or put your name on the waiting list by contacting
Walk starts at 11am at DIT Aungier Street, takes 90 – 120 minutes and finishes at Liberty Hall.
The whole Rosie Hackett evening at Liberty Hall on March 8th starts at 7pm and runs till late – with readings and music.
Here’s the link https://www.facebook.com/events/350599758413788/