We were delighted to have a visit from John Gray, Rosie Hackett’s nephew.
He had some great memories of his Aunt Rosie.
Rosie Hackett was held in Richmond Barracks following her arrest following the 1916 Rising.
On Easter Sunday (the day before the Rising), she was kept busy running back and forth between Connolly and the print room in Liberty Hall, with papers containing drafts of the Proclamation. Later that night she delivered 2,500 copies of the final printed Proclamation to Helena Molony in the co-op shop.
Hackett fought in the College of Surgeons on Stephen’s Green, she was arrested following the surrender, taken first to Dublin Castle, then on to Richmond Barracks, before being imprisoned in Kilmainham Goal. She was released on 8 May 1916 with most of the other female detainees.
“After her release Hackett resumed her activities as a member of the Citizen Army and worked from Liberty Hall, once the building, which had been ruined by bombardment during the Rising, was restored. On the first anniversary of the Rising in 1917 she was among the women who organised the printing and distribution of the Proclamation throughout the city.”(Gillis and McAuliffe:2016 We Were There, 77 women of the Easter Rising)