This was a dismissive comment originally made to a founder of Cumann na mBan In Cork, Lil Conlon. Years later, the comment also annoyed members of the Shandon Area History Group. The result was Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times published in 2019 by the Shandon Area History Group. This ground breaking publication reveals some of the hidden pages … Continue reading What Did the Women Do Anyway?
The Cork Mother Jones Committee will show a short film of Mother Jones visiting Cork 100 years ago in December 1920 at the Spirit of Mother Jones Virtual festival (Friday Nov 27thto Monday Nov 30th). There is no evidence that Mary Harris/Mother Jones ever did return to Cork city where she was born in 1837 … Continue reading Just Imagine if Mother Jones Returned to Shandon
This publication is a rarity. Working-class women who fight for social justice seldom get an opportunity to tell their own story in their own voices. Social, trade union and labour history is sometimes interpreted by those far removed from the day-to-day lives and experience of those directly involved. The contributions of working class women remains unacknowledged … Continue reading “Anne & Betty United by the Struggle”, with Ian Clayton. Published by Route.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Jefferies, a founding member of the Cork Mother Jones Committee. John passed away at his residence in Cobh on February 10th 2020. John was a member of our committee since 2011 and managed the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival website and Facebook pages. … Continue reading John Jefferies RIP.
Beginning on Saturday 1st August, the Cork Mother Jones Committee in conjunction with Cork Community TV are making available on television, some of the talks and presentations, which have been delivered at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festivals and Summer Schools since 2012. The original series of Mother Jones annual lectures, will be shown on … Continue reading The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2020 on Cork Community TV
Documentary on One – The Little Shop of Secrets by Bill Murphy.Saturday July 18th at 1pm on Radio 1In the early decades of the last century two …http://www.rte.ie/docononeThe remarkable Wallace sisters. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irishman-s-diary-about-about-a-republican-newsagents-in-revolution-era-cork-1.2736364
Documentary on One – The Little Shop of Secrets by Bill Murphy.Saturday July 18th at 1pm on Radio 1. In the early decades of the last century two sisters, Nora and Sheila Wallace, ran a small newsagents in the centre of Cork City. However, their customers were unaware that when they bought their Irish Times or Cork … Continue reading The remarkable Wallace sisters.
Saul Schneiderman, (below alongside a Mother Jones marker), editor of Friday's Labor Folklore has sent us the following link to the story of Marjorie Mazia and Woody Guthrie. Marjorie and Woody were married in 1945 and had four children, Cathy Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Joady Guthrie and Nora Guthrie. Woody was one of America's greatest working … Continue reading The story of Marjorie Mazia and Woody Guthrie.
The Cork Mother Jones Committee received the following film from Saul Schniderman, the person who discovered the site of Mother Jones' death (1930) in Adelphi, Maryland. The Maryland Historic Trust has placed a marker there, on Powder Mill Road, before the Hillandale Baptist Church. The film shows the dedication of the Mary Harris "Mother Jones" … Continue reading Mother Jones Dedication -Film
The Cork Mother Jones Committee, wishes, to announce the postponement of the ninth Spirit of Mother Jones Festival (2020), from its original date (29th July-1st Aug), to the final weekend in November. (November 27th -30th). James Nolan, spokesperson for the festival and summer school stated. "We are postponing the festival in the interests of the … Continue reading Cork Mother Jones Festival 2020 postponed.