Location: South Parade
Rosamond Jacob was born in South Parade, Waterford. She worked her entire adult life, from 1900 to 1964, as an advocate for women’s rights in her native city and at national and global level. Throughout her life she was passionately interested in the concept of gender equality and feminist consciousness raising. In 1905 she was a member of the “Irish Women’s Citizens and local Government”. She was concerned about the working conditions of all women in industrialised nations. Along with Hanna Sheehy Skefflington she represented Ireland at an Irish “Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom” (WILPF) congress in Prague.
As an interesting aside, Rosamund’s friend Hanna Sheehy Skeffington had been given a copy of Ulysses by the author James Joyce; which she in turn loaned to her friend Rosamund Jacob. In direct relation to this, a quote from one of Rosamund Jacob’s many diaries reads: “Hanna (Sheehy Skeffington) had ‘Ulysses’, a present from Joyce…who took her out to dinner & gave his photo & asked her questions about everyone he knew in Dublin. She lent me Ulysses & I found a lot of interesting & weird & funny stuff in it, but so much plain disgustfulness that I could not read it at meals.”
Along with diary’s and short stories she wrote five books, four of which were published: Callaghan (1920) The Troubled House (1938) The Rebel’s Wife (1957) The Raven’s Glen (1960) Her major achievement and outstanding work was The Rise of the United Irishmen (1937).