Rosanna "Rosie" Hackett was born in Dublin to a working class family in 1892 in a tenament in Bolton Street. Her father a barber, died when she was just a young child.
Rosie was a dedicated fighter for workers rights for many years and was involved with the Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU), the Irish Women Worker's Union (IWWU) and the Irish Citizens Army. She contributed to the secure modern day working conditions we all enjoy better today.
Rosie began working as a messenger for Jacob's biscuits at a time when working condtions were very poor. Rosie along with her fellow women workers backed the men when they went on strike in 1911. At the age of 18 Rosie co-founded the Irish Womens Workers Union with Delia Larkin.
As a member of the Irish Citizens Army she was part of the Battalion in St Stephens Green along with Constance Markievicz and others. She helped print the Proclaimation of the Irish Republic before giving it to James Connolly.
Hackette was awarded an honorary badge for her fifty years contribution to the ITGWU. She died in 1976 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetry. In 2014 a Dublin City Bridge was named in her memory and in April 2015 a plaque was unveiled on Foley Street to commemorate the women of the Irish Citizens Army and Rosie is listed.