Anne Feeney – Folk Singer-Songwriter, Activist and Friend of the Mother Jones Festival – RIP

Anne Feeney at the Plaque for Mother Jones in Shandon, CorkAnne Feeney in the Maldron Hotel, Shandon, CorkAnne Feeney and Si Kahn Poster - 2014 FestivalHave you been to Jail for Justice - Anne FeeneyUnion Maid by Anne FeeneyDump the Bosses Off Your Back - by Anne FeeneyAnne Feeney and the Two Lauras from the … Continue reading Anne Feeney – Folk Singer-Songwriter, Activist and Friend of the Mother Jones Festival – RIP

Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee

Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, speaking in 2020Letter from Mayor Marty Walsh to the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in July 2014.Photo of Mayor Marty Walsh from 2015 U.S. Courtesy of Department of the Interior - https://www.flickr.com/photos/usinterior/19499941525/ Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, has been nominated by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of Labour. The … Continue reading Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee

Mother Jones and her Army of Mill Children

Mother Jones and her Army of Mill Children by Jonah Winter and Nancy CarpenterThe reality of life for breaker boysThe March of the Mill Children in Shandon, Cork in 2019. Photo courtesy of Claire StackThe March of the Mill Children in Shandon, Cork in 2019. Photo courtesy of Claire Stack Words by Jonah Winter.Illustrated by … Continue reading Mother Jones and her Army of Mill Children

Mother Jones Visits Shandon, before Christmas 1920.

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.

The funeral of Mother Jones

St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Washington. Among those included at the casket of Mother Jones is William Doak, US Secretary of Labour.Mother Jones Funeral Mother Jones Grave: Mount Olive, Illinois 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 … Continue reading The funeral of Mother Jones

Message by President of Ireland: Michael D. Higgins to the ‘Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2020’

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’

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2020

Programme Friday 27th November 3:00 p.m. The Dynamic Role of Labour Unions in the Wake of Covid-19 andthe Safe Keeping of Front-Line Workers”A Partner Event with University College Cork Civic Engagement and the Spirit of Mother Jones FestivalSpeakers: Phil Ní Sheaghdha (INMO), Ann Piggott (ASTI), Dr Edward Lahiff (IFUT)Co-ordinated by Dr John Barimo.Click Here for … Continue reading The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2020

The Dynamic Role of Labour Unions in the Wake of Covid-19 and the Safe Keeping of Frontline Workers

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in partnership with University College Cork Civic & Community Engagement 27 November 2020, 3.00 – 4.00 pm (Irish GMT) We are at critical juncture for trade unions and worker’s rights during this period of economic stress, joblessness, and wealth concentration.  Education and healthcare professions are among those front-line workers who now … Continue reading The Dynamic Role of Labour Unions in the Wake of Covid-19 and the Safe Keeping of Frontline Workers

Antoinette Keegan is the Spirit of Mother Jones Award recipient for 2020.

The late Christine Keegan and her daughter Antoinette. Photo courtesy of Sam Boal The Cork Mother Jones Committee is proud to announce that the 2020 Spirit of Mother Jones Award will be presented to Antoinette Keegan of the Stardust Victims Committee. Antoinette and her mother Christine Keegan were due to speak in Cork at this … Continue reading Antoinette Keegan is the Spirit of Mother Jones Award recipient for 2020.

From Ahawadda to Dáil Éireann… The Amazing Story of Labour Organiser, Sean Dunne.

The Revolutionary period and the subsequent creation of the Irish Free State and later the Republic has given rise to some amazing family stories. Very few can surpass the story of Sean Dunne, a Trade Union organiser, mentored by Jim Larkin and later Labour Party TD. Filmed in West Cork, this discussion with local historian … Continue reading From Ahawadda to Dáil Éireann… The Amazing Story of Labour Organiser, Sean Dunne.