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Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee

Margaret Aspinall and Sue Rogers

Festival opens to acclaim

There was a sizeable turnout on Tuesday night (30 July) for the opening session of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2013.  After the opening of the Mother Jones exhibition at the Maldron  Hotel by Cork’s Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, the attendance moved to the Firkin Crane theatre […]

Tadhg Barry signature

A fascinating piece of history has come to light thanks to an Irish Times reader who forwarded a copy of a unique document to Frank McNally after his article on the Mother Jones festival in the newspaper last week which referred to the story of Alderman Tadhg Barry […]

Solidarity Across the Ocean

An extraordinary gathering of Women Coal Miners will take place in Tennessee in the United States from August 2nd. Large numbers of women miners from the US, Canada and Britain will come together for a reunion in Jonesborough, near the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee University. On […]

Padraig Yeates

Dublin 1913 Lock-out Centenary

Padraig Yeates is an acknowledged authority on the history of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, a major industrial dispute which pitted Dublin’s employers led by William Martin Murphy against more than 20,000 workers, led by Big Jim Larkin, who were sacked for their membership of the Irish Transport and […]

More on Tadhg Barry

There has been a lot of interest following our article on Tadhg Barry and the piece on him in today’s Irish Times  (see Among those who contacted our committee was Tadhg Barry Galvin, a grand-nephew of Tadhg Barry now living in England. Tadhg sent us the above photo […]

Mother Jones Music

Hank Wedel is one of the best known musicians on the Cork scene and beyond.   Born in the US in the 1960s Hank grew up in New York City and Mallow, Co. Cork in the ‘70s, he lived for awhile in NYC in the ’80s and ’90s but […]