Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Temple Bar at night. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

1. The Gates to Hell Hell is shown on Rocque’s Map of Dublin for 1756 and links Fishamble Street to St Michael’s Hill and running through the south(...)

Felicity Hayes-McCoy: rhe silence surrounding the aspirations of the women who took part in the early political life of the Irish state did not come about by accident: though, as the title of my book implies, its genesis was complex

It was not as if I was unaware that Marion Stokes had been a member of Cumann na mBan. But along with that information came an unspoken sense that que(...)

Leaflets oppose support for the Voluteers and enlistment in the British Army - "Without the Irish the English would have been beaten by Napoleon a hundred years ago..."
The war against the War

Two of the most serious political casualties of the outbreak of war in August 1914 were the infant internationalist labour and women’s movements. I(...)

Trinity College students Jennifer Gartland (left) and Angelina Cox who won a competition to name Dublin’s newest bridge after Rosie Hackett. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Today they opened the Rosie Hackett Bridge. A bridge to celebrate the life, achievements and fighting spirit of a young, working class Dublin woman. R(...)

Construction work under way on the Rosie Hackett bridge over the River Liffey from Eden Quay to Burgh Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Rosie Hackett Bridge, the 21st bridge to cross the River Liffey in Dublin city, will open on May 20th, Dublin City Council has said. When f(...)

Family history: a selection of documents from the archive of Éamonn O’Modhráin, who was imprisoned in Frongoch and in Wakefield in 1916. Courtesy of Robbie Doyle

When Robbie Doyle’s father-in-law died, five years ago, it fell to him to tackle the junk room at the top of his wife’s family home. It was the room i(...)

Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz being arrested in 1916. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

Commemoration works best when it thinks afresh rather than reproducing established memories and narratives. This year’s recollections of the 1913 Dubl(...)

Dublin City Council voted this evening to call the new bridge over the Liffey at Marlborough Street after Rosie Hackett, a trade unionist who co-founded the Irish Women Workers’ Union (IWWU) in 1911

Dublin City Council voted this evening to call the new bridge over the Liffey at Marlborough Street after Rosie Hackett, a trade unionist who co-found(...)

The new Liffey bridge under construction. Rosie Hackett was recorded in the 1911 census as living in nearby Old Abbey Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

One hundred years after an ordinary young Dublin woman played an extraordinary role in the remarkable events unfolding around her, Rosie Hackett is ba(...)

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