“I Was The First That Was Allowed In”

Rosie Hackett had the privilege of being one of the first people to see the Proclamation while it was being printed in Liberty Hall on the evening of Saturday 22 April. She had been bringing messages to and from Liberty Hall for James Connolly. It was while she was engaged in this work that Rosie had permission to be in the room where the printing was taking place. This caused upset especially with Countess Markievicz.

Madame herself was kicking up a row because she wasn’t let in.

Rosie Hackett was a founder member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union and was also a member of the women’s section of the Irish Citizen Army.


Rosie Hackett was interviewed for 'Donncha's Sunday : Women of the 1916 Rising' broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, 27 April 1986. Photograph of the ruins of Liberty Hall courtesy of RTÉ Archives, Cashman collection.

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