Cork to remember Mother Jones, America’s “Miner’s Angel”

This site was established by the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative committee to mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mary Harris Jones in Cork, Ireland.

Mary Harris Jones – aka Mother Jones – is one of the heroines of  early history of  the North American trade union movement, particularly United States miners. She is still known as “The Miner’s Angel” and is remembered in the US as an iconic figure of late 19th and early 20th century United States history.

Although famous in other parts of the world, especially in the United States of America where she was once labelled “the most dangerous woman in America”, Cork born Mary Jones (née Harris) – or Mother Jones as she is perhaps more widely known – is still virtually unknown and certainly not recognised as yet in her native city.

However this is all about to change.  In 2011 the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee was founded to prepare for celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Mother Jones’ birth.   As we don’t know the exact date of her birth, we intend to hold a series of events on the anniversary of her baptism, which took place in Cork’s North Cathedral on 1st August 1837.   The highlight of the celebrations will be the unveiling of a limestone plaque, designed by local sculptor Mike Wilkins, in the Shandon area of the city,

Further details on the upcoming events and preparations can be reached by clicking on the “About” tab on the top right hand side of this page.  We are also looking for donations to help defray the cost of the plaque and other events.  Details of same can be found in the same place

The Committee can be contacted by email at or by telephone at any of the following mobile numbers (086) 3196063,   (086)1908281 or (086) 3033576.  International telephone number is +353-21-4503481.

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