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Saol is a community project focused on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty

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Saol is working towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

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SAOL is 19

So we're having a (party) open day!  We will start on Rosie Hackett Bridge at 11am on 16th October and then go back to SAOL for a busy schedule of activities.

From Ger's speech on Rosie Hackett Bridge:

Join me on a Bridge  is a campaign for women’s equality that started with Rwandan and Congolese women, who met on a bridge joining their two countries as a demonstration that women could build bridges of peace.

Hands across the Bridge is a campaign that celebrates survival of domestic violence and or addiction.  The SAOL Project has adapted those into our Meet Me on The Bridge Event.

It is fitting that we are gathering on the only bridge named for a woman on this day wearing the purple ribbon to raise awareness of domestic violence.  Rosie Hackett dedicated her life to the trade union movement, the struggle for  workers’ rights and the cause of Irish Independence.  As a tribute to her and the other women of the Lockout some of us are  dressed in the style of 1913. 

We will now recite the poem in honour of Rosie Hackett.

The Bridge
It brings the sundered town together
One great side to the other
North and South and East and West
Named for brave Rosie, one of the best.
Nineteen thirteen was a courageous year
She fought the bosses - no fright or fear
A working class woman, fair of face
With swinging skirts so full of grace
Long march from Jacobs to the Liffey wall
With neither a falter nor ‘ere a fall
From the given task of a fight for rights
To raise her class to greater heights
A fair day’s pay for fair day’s work
Demanding rights, she did not shirk
For jobs and housing and medical care
A right to exist and obtain a fair share
Think well on those women for yester-year
All those who struggled to relieve our fear
Oppression, depression, and knowing your place
As dictated by those who set our pace.
Feel now the strength that bears the train forth
As you cross on her bridge bearing south or north,
And know that such strength was in one woman’s wit,
She changed our life’s story; she was Rosie Hackett

“I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time.” 
― Iris Murdoch

Violence against women is a human rights and public health emergency worldwide.  Finally after decades of effort by women’s groups to eradicate all forms of abuse perpetrated against women, there is a growing recognition that domestic abuse has a devastating impact not only on the lives of women, but also on their families, communities and society as a whole. 

For the women who have escaped domestic violence and for those who are still living in fear

“Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad ort go deo”

(We shall never forget you) and we will now join hands across the bridge in solidarity with you and with the strong Irish women who have gone before you.

Mná na hÉireann ardú suas agus a seasamh le chéile


Outline of the Day:

Come along to our birthday celebration that will begin with a 'Meet me on the bridge' event at 11am on Rosie Hackett Bridge.  There we will celebrate recovery and challenge violence to women by combining two events 'Hands across the bridge' - a celebration of recovery; and 'join me on the bridge' - a movement promoted during International Women's Day, where people come together to stand against violence to women.

We will sing and hand out ribbons for people to wear; and some of the women will come dressed in costume reflecting the women of 1913-1916 involved in the Lockout and the Rising and everything inbetween.  We may even get a chance to sing our rosie Hackett song.

Back in SAOL, each room in the building will host an activity/launch of some of the work we have been doing:


  1. In the Children's Centre we will launch 'Tús maith, leath na hoibre' (A good start is half the work).  Written by Jane McNicolaus, this is a review document of the specialised work going on in Saol beag.

  2. The RHTR (Reducing Harm Throughout Recovery) Principles will be presented in the Training Room; our 'Rita says' posters will also be on view with explanations of each presented by the women from CE

  3. The Sensory Room will host the world premiere of our movies on 'Poverty'.  Created by SAOL and THEATREclub to mark UN International Eradication of Poverty Day, these films are designed to reflect on poverty in dublin in 2014

  4. Food will be served in the Kitchen!

  5. The pictures from the 'I, Myself, Me' exhibition, first exhibited in June during the launch of RecoverMe will be on display throughout the building.


Events will be conducted on a 'rolling' basis, so that people can move around the house and see everything in their own good time.  The Open Day will run until at least 3:00pm.  Please consider yourself welcome and feel free to bring your colleagues and service users along - though if you are bringing a large group we ask that you contact us ahead of time so that we can accommodate you properly.

This event is made possible because of funding from HSE, DSP, CDETB, Probation and NICDATF.

This event is alcohol and drug free.




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