The formation of the Republic of Ireland as an independent country is a long story.
One aspect of the Irish struggle for independence that rarely received enough mention in the history books is the role Irish women played in this struggle, and not just within the home but also in demonstrations, activism, unionization and, when all other avenues failed, radical militant action. The Easter Rising was carried forward on the brave actions of not just Ireland's men, but its women also.
It was Rosie Hackett herself who bragged that "it took four hundred policemen to take four women."
The Republic of Ireland owes a lot to its women heroes for their deeds, their passion and their resilience.
"Women are at once the boldest and most unmanageable revolutionaries." Éamon de Valera may have declined to have women fight beside him in Boland's Mills during the Rising, but I'm sure that we can all be grateful to these bold unmanageable women, and the revolution through which they helped birth the Republic of Ireland.