Mother Jones featured on Irish genealogy magazine

Irish Lives remembered magazine

Mother Jones and the forthcoming Cork Mother Jones festival have been featured prominently in the latest edition of the Irish Lives Remembered genealogy magazine.   The emagazine can be viewed here: http://www.irishlivesremembered.com/magazine.html

The magazine can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format and in addition to the Mother Jones articles provides a wealth of information and interesting features on Irish ancestry and related themes.

The appearance of the article on Mother Jones and several prominent articles in local and national newspapers and magazines is all sign of a growing interest in Mother Jones in her native Ireland and in particular in her native city of Cork where she has been heretofore practically unknown.

 

 


 

Mother Jones events programme announced

The Cork Mother Jones Commemorative committee has announced the preliminary programme of events for the Fesitval which will be held in the Shandon area on the Northside of Cork City, Ireland from 31st July to 2nd August 2012.

The Festival opens on Tuesday, 31st July with the Irish premiere of Mother Jones, America’s Most Dangerous Woman with the film’s director / producer Rosemary Feuer present to discuss the film and its subject. This will be followed by an evening of music and song at the Maldron Hotel with the Cork Singers’ Club.

Day two, entitled “The Main Event”, opens with a commemorative Mass at Cork’s North Cathedral where Mary Harris was baptised exactly 175 years earlier to the day on 1st August 1837.   This will be followed by a tour of the area for our guests and the official opening of the Mother Jones Exhibition and a concert at the Firkin Crane centre, part of Cork’s historic butter market.  In the afternoon there will be a lecture and discussion with Prof. Elliot Gorn, biographer of Mother Jones; and Marat Moore, former miner, writer and US labour activist.    Wednesday evening’s events will be opened with the ringing out of the world famous Shandon Bells over Cork City at exactly 18.37 hrs to mark the 175th anniversary of Mother Jones’ birth.  This will be followed by a recital from the local Butter Exchange Brass band and the official unveiling of the Mother Jones plaque, beautifully sculpted by artist Mick Wilkins, at John Redmond Street, Shandon.

The night will be completed with the “Freedom Bells” concert at St. Ann’s Church of Ireland Shandon with the renowned singer / songwriter Andy Irvine who has recorded a song dedicated to Mother Jones   There will also be an event entitled Mother Jones – music, song and dance at the Maldron Hotel, featuring Hank Wedel, Two Time Polka and a host of musicians, singers and dancers.

The event will end with a day long tour for the guests, taking in Shandon, Cobh and Inchigeelagh, all places which were associated with Mother Jones.

You can download the preliminary programme Mother Jones Programme.   The final programme will be published in early June.

Cork Plans for Mother Jones Festival

Preparations for the Mother Jones weekend on July 31st to August 1st 2012 are ongoing and we hope to publish full details of the celebrations soon.

A weekend of music, exhibitions and lively discussions is promised with a number of well known local musicians already confirmed.  We will be unveiling the plaque to Mary Harris Jones in the Shandon area on August 1st.   Update to be published on this site and in the media in the next week.

Cork's Mother Jones Festival

Cork – where Mary Harris was born

A few people have asked us to put up some images and songs about Cork, the birthplace of  Mother Jones.  She was born on the Northside of Cork in 1837, probably in the last week of July.  We do know for certain that she was baptised in St. Mary’s North Cathedral, known locally then and now as the North Chapel and featured in the first video here.  It is to the right of the video shown here.  The tall pepper-pot shaped spire is the  steeple of St. Ann’s Shandon which is known the world over for its famous bells.   The North Cathedral was and still is the Roman Catholic parish church for the area while Shandon is the Church of Ireland (Anglican / Protestant) parish church.

You can see both and the general  area of the Northside which would have been known to the young Mary Harris before she and her family left for North America sometime around 1851/’52.  The singer in this short clip is Kieran Goss, from Co. Down on the other end of Ireland.

and below this more recent video from the Shandon Street Festival with local singer and historian Richard T. Cooke singing his own composition, “Cork City is my home” – Richard is also a member of the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee and will no doubt give us a rendition of the song on the day of our celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Mother Jones.

and here are the Shandon Bells, which have been ringing out over Cork city for almost 300 years

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 motherjones175@mail.com or by telephone at any of the following mobile numbers (086) 3196063,   (086)1908281 or (086) 3033576.  International telephone number is +353-21-4503481.