The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial 1921-2021

Blair Mountain Miner (source, Wikipedia) West Virginia celebrates the 100th anniversary of the largest labour uprising in American history. A celebration of the centenary of the Battle of Blair Mountain will take place in the State of West Virginia. The Blair 100 Committee has organised a huge series of wide ranging events beginning on 19th August … Continue reading The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial 1921-2021

10th Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Official Announcement

Our 10th Festival - November 25-28th 2021! Keep your calendar clear! The Cork Mother Jones Committee wishes to announce that the 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will take place on the final weekend of November (Thursday November 25th – Sunday 28th November.). This will be our tenth festival and we are eagerly looking forward to … Continue reading 10th Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Official Announcement

Mother Jones Portraits Unveiled in Washington and Chicago.

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.

The Celebration of Mother Jones’ “Birthday” on 1st May 1930

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 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

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

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 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.