The launch of the 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival took place among the autumnal crimson and carefree covered walls of the Quad at UCC, during the recent Community Week. The surrounding College wings were constructed during the Irish Famine in the late 1840s. So we wondered if young Mary Harris ever visited the site! Some … Continue reading Mother Jones visits University College Cork. (UCC)
Every wonder why Mother Jones wished to be buried near "her boys" at the town of Mount Olive, in Southern Illinois in the Union Miners Cemetery, which is located near Route 66 midway between Springfield and St. Louis? Mother Jones had earlier written to the Miners of Mount Olive on November 12th 1923, seeking "a resting place … Continue reading Why did Mother Jones wish to be buried at Mount Olive?
The official launch of the tenth annual Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will be held in University College Cork on Thursday 14th October 2021 in conjunction with the UCC Department of Community and Civic Engagement and Community Week. Mona Polacca. The Cork Mother Jones Committee is also delighted to collaborate with The Center for Earth Ethics … Continue reading Launch of Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Cork 2021.
Manus O'Riordan in 2017 at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival We have learned with great sadness of the sudden death of Micheál Manus O' Riordan on 27th September 2021. Manus's emotional tribute to his father, Michael "Remembering Michael O'Riordan: A Neighbour's Child" at the 2017 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, moved deeply all those who attended. … Continue reading Manus O’Riordan – RIP
Blair Mountain Miner (source, Wikipedia) West Virginia celebrates the 100th anniversary of the largest labour uprising in American history. A celebration of the centenary of the Battle of Blair Mountain will take place in the State of West Virginia. The Blair 100 Committee has organised a huge series of wide ranging events beginning on 19th August … Continue reading The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial 1921-2021
Our 10th Festival - November 25-28th 2021! Keep your calendar clear! The Cork Mother Jones Committee wishes to announce that the 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will take place on the final weekend of November (Thursday November 25th – Sunday 28th November.). This will be our tenth festival and we are eagerly looking forward to … Continue reading 10th Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Official Announcement
On Saturday May 1st 2021, the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Irish Consulate in Chicago unveiled two beautiful portraits of Mother Jones. Commissioned by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and painted by artist Lindsay Hand, they represent a fitting tribute to this great Cork born woman, trade union and labour activist. This was … Continue reading Mother Jones Portraits Unveiled in Washington and Chicago.
Mother Jones claimed to be 100 years old on that day, however she was fact born at the end of July 1837. Photograph is courtesy of Saul Schniderman, former President of the Library of Congress Guild, AFSCME 2910, and editor of Friday's Labor Folklore. The photograph shows part of the large gathering of union leaders … Continue reading The Celebration of Mother Jones’ “Birthday” on 1st May 1930
Mother Jones The Cork Mother Jones Committee is delighted to announce the publication of the remarkable story of Mother Jones. This is now available here on the Spirit of Mother Jones festival website (under the heading "The Story of Mother Jones"). This story, the first Irish account, concentrates on the birth of Mary Harris in … Continue reading The Story of Mother Jones.
Anne Feeney, American folk singer, songwriter and trade union activist died on 3rd February 2021. Anne visited Cork in 2013 and in spite of serious health issues was determined to return and sing at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival. When she did return in 2014 Anne sang at the Cork Singers Club on the opening … Continue reading Anne Feeney – Folk Singer-Songwriter, Activist and Friend of the Mother Jones Festival – RIP