The Cork Mother Jones Committee is delighted to announce that the 10th Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will take place from November 25th to 28th. Events, speakers and music details will be announced in the coming months.
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
Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, has been nominated by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of Labour. The news reports that Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Chicago since 2014, whose parents were from Co Galway, has been nominated by President elect Joe Biden to be his Secretary of Labour has been welcomed by the Cork Mother Jones … Continue reading Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee
This book for Children tells the story of the March of the Mill Children led by Mother Jones during July 1903 from Philadelphia to President Roosevelt’s summer mansion in Long Island, New York. Using many quotes from Mother Jones herself, author Winter describes it as a “true story that will excite budding young activists and … Continue reading Mother Jones and her Army of Mill Children
We imagine if Mother Jones visited Shandon, before Christmas 1920. During this time Ireland’s War of Independence was raging, and much of Patrick’s Street in Cork had been recently burned down by the Auxiliaries. The funeral of Terence McSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, who died after a 74 day hunger strike in Brixton prison had … Continue reading Mother Jones Visits Shandon, before Christmas 1920.
90 years ago on Monday 8th December 1930 at 10am, Mother Jones was buried at the Union Cemetery, Mount Olive, Illinois. Earlier on Sunday afternoon Father John Maguire in his funeral oration at the funeral of Mother Jones. “Today in gorgeous mahogany furnished and carefully guarded offices in distant capitals, wealthy mine owners and capitalists are breathing sighs of … Continue reading The funeral of Mother Jones
27th November 2020 The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins in a recent letter to the Cork Mother Jones Committee sends his best wishes to all involved in organising the 2020 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival. He praises Mother Jones as a catalyst for change and an emancipatory figure to whom we all owe a … Continue reading Message by President of Ireland: Michael D. Higgins to the ‘Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2020’