Tony Benn – an appreciation

By Chris Mullin During his long political career Tony Benn went through many incarnations: pillar of the Labour establishment, Cabinet minister, tabloid bogeyman, and serial dissident…national treasure.  Former Labour minister and fellow diarist, Chris Mullin, for 35 years one of one of Benn’s closest friends,offers a sympathetic but not uncritical assessment of one of the … Continue reading Tony Benn – an appreciation

A Sense of Wonder- the story of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson at work On Saturday 1st August the Cork Mother Jones Committee is privileged to present the film A Sense ofWonder with the kind permission of Kaiulani Lee. The film showing will take place at the Maldron Hotel at 2.30pm. When biologist and author Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962, little did this quiet … Continue reading A Sense of Wonder- the story of Rachel Carson

The Irish Citizen Army and the Road to the 1916 Rising

Members of the Irish Citizen Army outside Liberty Hall, Dublin The Spirit of Mother Jones festival will include a series of lectures exploring the  origins and role of the Irish Citizen Army, a workers army, in the Easter 1916 rebellion.   The venue for the lectures will be the Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork.  Date and … Continue reading The Irish Citizen Army and the Road to the 1916 Rising

Mother Jones & her Children to be screened at film festivals

The documentary Mother Jones and Her Children, produced by Cork based Frameworks Films will be screened on Friday 12th June at 12pm in Cork County Hall as part of the Community TV Festival taking place there on 12th/13th June 2015.  The documentary, which explores the life of Cork trade union activist Mary Harris, known as … Continue reading Mother Jones & her Children to be screened at film festivals

John Dowling – Cobh’s forgotten revolutionary

John Dowling in 1919 John (Jack) Dowling was a significant trade union and socialist activist in Ireland in the early 20th century who deserves to be better known.   Born in Cobh (then called Queenstown) in the mid 1880s, Dowling, a fitter at Haulbowline naval dockyard,  became an active trade unionist and got involved in socialist … Continue reading John Dowling – Cobh’s forgotten revolutionary