Gareth Peirce is well known and respected for her legal defence work in cases involving miscarriages of justice in the British legal system. She is best known in Ireland for her indefatigable work in the 70s and 80s in securing the release of Judith Ward, the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six. The dramatic … Continue reading Gareth Peirce – a lifetime defending the underdog
Today (Wednesday, 30th) is Day 2 of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Cork city. Proceedings begin at 11.00am at the Firkin Crane theatre, Shandon when lecturer Luke Dineen will tell the story of the Cork Harbour Soviet which occurred during the Irish independence struggle in 1921 when militant striking workers flew the … Continue reading Day 2 of Festival – “The Legacy”
Members of the committee of Cork Mother Jones Festival and guests with Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mary ShieldsCork's Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mary Shields with some members of the Cork Mother Jones Commitee at City Hall this morning (L-R): James Nolan, Cllr. Ted Tynan, the Lord Mayor, Michael Lally.Flowers around the Mother Jones plaque, … Continue reading Mother Jones Festival Begins Today!
“Mother Jones in the Minefields of West Virginia: An American Adventure Story” The 2014 Cork Mother Jones Lecture will be presented by Professor James Green of the University of Massachussets, Boston. The lecture will take place at 7.30 at the Firkin Crane Centre in Shandon on Tuesday 29th July. James Green was inspired by … Continue reading Mother Jones in the minefields of West Virginia
The 130th Durham Miners Gala was held on Saturday 12th July 2014. It was one of the largest ever gatherings and took place in glorious sunshine. Known as the Big Meeting, it was a spectacular and colourful success. It celebrates the history, the heritage and the human struggle of the mining communities of the North … Continue reading Durham Miners’ Gala
On Wednesday afternoon 30th July, at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, Claire McGettrick, co-founder of Justice for Magdalenes (now JFM Research) will speak at the Firkin Crane in Shandon, Cork, about the story of the Magdalenes. Claire is an activist, researcher and also co-founder of the Adoption Rights Alliance. She worked as Research Assistant … Continue reading The Story of the Magdalenes
Cover image of Donal O Drisceóil's pamphlet on Tadhg Barry The extraordinary life and death of Tadhg Barry from Blarney Street. Tadhg Barry Remembered produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with the Cork Council of Trade Unions. The film of Tadhg Barry was first shown in Cork in 2013 and was also shown at the … Continue reading Tadhg Barry Remembered
Main engine house at the Mountain Mine at Allihies, built 1862. Photo (c) Nigel Cox and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons licence Tadhg O’Sullivan, Vice chairperson of the Allihies Copper Mine Museum will speak of the tradition of mining at the old Allihies Copper mines and the exodus of the miners in … Continue reading From Allihies to Butte, Montana
Paul Winter of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Committee (OTJC) will speak at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival on Wednesday morning 30th July 2014 at 12 noon at the Firkin Crane, where as an eye witness he will describe the events of 30 years ago at the Orgreave Coking works during the British Miners … Continue reading The Battle for Orgreave – 30 years on
Among the many issues which Mother Jones championed was the protection of workers and ensuring that miners and factory workers worked in safe and decent working conditions. In spite of the passing of a century, tens of millions of workers are still denied basic human rights. None more so than the modern day slavery which … Continue reading Qatar – a World Cup graveyard?