Friday 22 September 2017

'Take a mosey across the Rosie' as new bridge opens

Agnes Malone (in check jacket), second cousin of trade unionist Rosie Hackett (inset), waves from a 1920s-era tram during the official naming of The Rosie Hackett Bridge
Agnes Malone (in check jacket), second cousin of trade unionist Rosie Hackett (inset), waves from a 1920s-era tram during the official naming of The Rosie Hackett Bridge
Aerial view of the new bridge. Picture: Stephen Collins

Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent

DUBLINERS will be able to take a "mosey across the Rosie" after the opening of the only bridge in the city named after a woman.

But Rosanna Hackett's nephew, John Gray, said she would have been "embarrassed at all the fuss".

The Rosie Hackett Bridge, a dedicated public transport and cycling bridge, is named after the trade unionist who was involved in the 1913 Lockout aged just 18, before going on to serve as a nurse in the 1916 Rising.

Mr Gray said: "Those of us privileged enough to have known Rosie are very proud she has been remembered.

"If she was here today, she would be embarrassed at all the fuss but would have had a laugh later.

"She was an honest, kind worker who saw the suffering of our fellow citizens.

"Dublin City Council's decision to name the bridge after Rosie is a tribute to people all over the world who have fought against injustice and inequality."

Hundreds of people, including Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, Sabina Higgins and Dublin City councillors, attended the official opening where they were entertained by the Communications Workers Union brass band.

Mr Varadkar said that women were often "airbrushed out of our history", and that the naming of the bridge in her honour was a "strong statement".

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn said it was an honour to be involved in the official opening.

"From 6am, we can say, meet me at the Rosie," he said.

"By bike, bus or brogue, we can mosey across the Rosie."

Irish Independent

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