On Wednesday 4th May we visited the GPO. We took the 16 bus into O’Connell Street (Sackville Street back in 1916). When we got off the bus we had to walk down O’Connell Street towards the GPO. On our way we saw the enormous Spire! Our tour guide was called Dara. He was really nice. We watched a movie about 1916 and everybody really enjoyed it. We saw uniforms, typewriters, phones, guns and a hurl from 1916 and played on ipads too. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the GPO!
Rosie Hackett was born in in Dublin in 1892. Her father, John Hackett, was a barber who is believed to have died when she was still very young. Hackett worked as first a packer in a paper store and then got a job as a messenger for Jacob’s Biscuits, where she became involved in the campaign for improved working conditions while still a teenager.
Active in the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) from its foundation in 1909, and co-founder (with Delia Larkin) of the Irish Women Workers’ Union in 1911, she organised the strike of women workers at Dublin’s Jacob’s biscuit factory in 1911. Fired from her job at the factory because of her trade union involvement, she later worked as a clerk for the ITGWU and trained as a printer.
Hackett was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army. Along with Constance Markievicz and Michael Mallon, she was part of the small rebel group which occupied Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons during the 1916 Rising. She used her training as a printer to help with the printing of the first 1916 Proclamation. Following the failure of the rebellion, Hackett was imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail for ten days. She died in 1976 in Dublin.