Over the years, the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival has accumulated many photos of speakers, guests and events. Here are the links to the photo albums throughout the years. These photos are from the Festivals between 2016 and 2020
Photos from 2016 Festival:
Members of Cobh Animation Team. Picture: Andy Jay John Nyhan Joan Goggin as “Mother Jones” Picture: Andy Jay The inimitable Richard Cooke. Picture: Andy Jay Davy Hopper beside the Daughters of Mother Jones banner at last year’s festival in Cork Historian Luke Dineen Greenshine in concert
Laurence Fenton who spoke about anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass who spent some time in Cork in the 1840s Pat Egan from Unite, the Union, Scotland accepts the Spirit of Mother Jones Award 2016 on behalf of the late Dave Hopper and the Durham Miner’s Association. Historian Luke Dineen who gave a fascinating lecture on Saturday on the Irish Post Office strike of 1922 Two troubadours – singer/songwriter/historian Richard T. Cooke (left) with one of Cork’s “national treasures” Jimmy Crowley as they prepare for Jimmy’s performance at the Maldron. Cork’s Lord Mayor Des Cahill with SIPTU’s Jack O’Connor at the Mother Jones plaque on opening day (Photo: William Hammond) Tish Gibbons from SIPTU’s Strategic Organising Department (right) receives a presentation from committee member Ann Piggott Anne Twomey of Shandon Area History Group speaking at last year’s Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Shot of the crowd who packed in for Dr. Sean Pettit’s talk. Widely respected veteran Cork historian Dr. Sean Pettit gave a most interesting talk and slide show presentation on “The Cork City of Mother Jones”. We were delighted to have in the audience Bernadette Wallace (right) who is the niece of the sisters Sheila and Nora Wallace. Her presence gave a sense that the links between the past and present are much closer than we sometimes realise.
Dr. Pettit with some of the members of the Cork Mother Jones Committee
Dr. Sean Pettit (left) with Richard T. Cooke at last year’s Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Richard T. Cooke (right) with Dr. Sean Pettit and his wife Aruba Dr. Seán Pettit with Gerard O’Mahony of the Cork Mother Jones Committee at The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2016. Photos from 2017 Festival:
Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald with Jim Goltz Julianna Minihan who gave a most interesting talk about the life and work of U.S. social reformer and campaigner Florence Kelley, James Goltz with framed proclamation from the International President of the United Mineworkers Union of America. This and two other proclamations presented by James to the Cork Mother Jones Committee can be seen in full on the Spirit of Mother Jones festival website.
Ethel Buckley of SIPTU who gave an informative lecture on “Revitalising the Labour Movement” Ed Byrne, outgoing President of the ASTI who spoke on “Challenging Injustice, Inequality and the Unethical” Ann Piggott of the Cork Mother Jones Festival (and former President of Cork Council of Trade Unions) presents a memento to James Goltz on behalf of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Ann Piggot makes presentation to Ethel Buckley on behalf of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Ed Byrne of the ASTI with presentation from the Cork Mother Jones Committee presented by Ann Piggott of the committee. Large crowds were typical at most events Rory McCarthy sings The Internationale opposite No.37 Pope’s Quay as Manus O’Riordan listens
SMJ Award 2017 to Ken Fleming with Joe O’Flynn and the Cork Mother Jones Committee. Karen Underwood who appeared at the 2017 festival The Cork Mother Jones Committee at the Plaque 2017 James Goltz with Anne Piggott 2017 at the plaque. L to R Richard T Cooke, Lord mayor Fitzgerald, James Goltz and Anne Piggott. 2017 Speakers Sean O’Muiri, Cllr. Marcia D’Alton with Gerard O’Mahony CMJC 2017 Oriana O’Connor with speaker Warren Davies 2017 John Nyhan and Mick Treacy in full song at the Maldron Fr Sean McDonagh with CMJC Gerard O’Mahony 2017 William Hammond CMJC presenting award to Ger McCloskey at the showing of the Limerick Brigadistas documentary at the Firkin 2017 2017 Rory McCarthy singing the Battle of Jarama in front of Mick Riordans House with Breda and Manus listening.-1 Photos from 2018 Festival:
Mother Jones and one of “her boys” aka Loretta Williams and Dominic O’Callaghan Richard T. Cooke and some of the Shandon Shawlies performing at today’s launch Listening to the music at the Maldron Ann Piggott makes a presentation to US speaker Dr. John Barimo on behalf of the Cork Mother Jones committee Premiere of “Fords: Memories of the Line” at the Firkin Crane Theatre last night. With (L-R) Bill Daly (Ford ex-workers group), Ann Rea (Cork Mother Jones Committee), Emma Bowell (Frameworks Films) and Eddie Noonan (Frameworks Films) Mother Jones (Loretta Williams) with one of “her boys” (Dominic O’Callaghan) Ann Piggot of the Cork Mother Jones Committee makes a presentation to Luke Dineen who delivered a fascinating talk about the life and times of Thomas “Corkie” Walsh at the Cathedral Visitor centre Louise O’Keeffe (right) who received a presentation from Ann Piggott and Ger McCarthy of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Linda Quinlan and William Hammond provided lunchtime Music at the Maldron Hotel
James Nolan of the Cork Mother Jones Committee presenting the Spirit of Mother Jones award 2018 to former Dunnes Stores striker Mary Manning at the Firkin Crane Theatre in Shandon last evening. The award was jointly made to Mary and the other former Dunnes Stores strikers. Cork’s own troubadour Jimmy Crowley was in fine form at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival at the Maldron Hotel Anne Twomey of the Shandon Area History Group who gave a fascinating and informative lecture on Mary Annie and Muriel McSwiney Local historian Anne Twomey (right) receiving a presentation from Ger McCarthy of the Cork Mother Jones Committee. Noreen Murphy who introduced the documentary “Up to the last Drop: the Secret Water Wars of Europe”. Just one section of the capacity crowd that attended the the Irish premiere of “Up to the Last Drop: the Secret Water Wars of Europe” at the Firkin Crane. Professor Louise Ryan with Ger O’Mahony of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Presentation to Mary Manning with members of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Micheline Sheehy Skeffington who gave a fascinating insight into the life and activism of her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington
Geraldine McCarthy and Ann Rea of the Cork Mother Jones Committee with Josephine Gazeley, Head of Cork City Council Tourism Section (centre) Dominic O’Callaghan of Cork MotherJones Committee with his miner’s helmet at the opening of the festival Musician Mick Treacy with his daughter Jennifer Frank Connolly after receiving presentation from Ann Piggot and Ann Rea of the Cork Mother Jones Committee. Ladies in period costume at the Mother Jones Plaque Loretta Williams as Mother Jones with Ann Piggott of the Cork Mother Jones committee Loretta Williams as “Mother Jones” at the Mother Jones plaque Journalist Frank Connolly and his book “NAMALand” William Hammond of the Cork Mother Jones Festival makes a presentation to Micheline Sheehy Skeffington Photos from 2019 Festival
Louise O’Keeffe with the 2019 Spirit of Mother Jones Award Louise O’Keefe (right) following her appearance at last year’s festival – with Ann Piggot and Geraldine McCarthy of the Cork Mother Jones Committee
Louise O’Keeffe is the Spirit of Mother Jones Award recipient for 2019.
Louise is the first Cork recipient of this International Award.
Pic Michael Mac Sweeeney/Provision Historian Luke Dineen A scene from the reenactment of the March of the Mill Children (Photo by Claire Stack) Liam Cahill (left), author of Fogotten Revolution, Limerick Soviet 1919, with Mike McNamara, local historian / Limerick Trades Council. Briege Voyle and Eileen McKeown (2nd and 4th from right respectively) with members of the Cork Mother Jones Committee Rory McCarthy who sang the ballad of James Connolly Lorraine Starsky receiving presentation from Ann Piggott on behalf of the Cork Mother Jones Committee.
Mother Jones biographer Professor Elliot Gorn at Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2019 in Cork, Ireland John Barimo, Michah Neils and Alicia O’Sullivan receive presentation from Ann Piggot of Cork Mother Jones Committee Dr. Kieran Groeger Whiddy talk: (left-to right)Tom MacSweeney, Rory Warner son of Whiddy victim, Capt. David Warner, Michael Kingston, Mary Kingston and Cllr. Alan Coleman Presentation by Irish Consul Joan Goggin with Kids on March of the Mill Children held in Shandon 2019 Photos from 2020 Festival
William Hammond CMJC at the plaque 2020 Eddie Noonan of Frameworks Films on location in Timoleague SMJ Festival 2020 Historian Diarmuid Kingston at Ahawadda Peadar King: journalist and documentary film maker and well known as the producer of the documentary series for RTE “What in the World”