Children of Mother Jones – song lyrics

Below are the lyrics of Pete Duffy’s new song, “Children of Mother Jones” which you can hear on the previous post sung by Muddy Lee

 

Children of Mother Jones

 

We have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

As we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

We were the first to march the protest trail

When the plight of children’s labour she unveiled

In our hearts we knew we could not fail

When Cork’s own rebel daughter told our tales

 

We have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

As we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

The policemen had their batons bombs and guns

And drew from endless capitalistic funds

All we had were pockets full of stones

But we were led by fearless Mother Jones

 

We have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

As we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

Those were cruel hard depressive times

With no thought they sent us down the mines

For us no school nor children’s nursery

We were the victims of the owner’s greed

 

We have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

As we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

Those in power showed her no sympathy

In her fight to set the children free

She lies in Mount Olive Illinois

But Mother Jones’ true spirit never dies

 

We have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

As we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

Yes, we have freedom

Freedom in our bones

We are the children

Of our Mother Jones

We have freedom

While we fight for liberty

We’ll never be forgotten

While she strives to set us free

 

Contact Pete Duffy, Tel (087) 2755031

Copyright (C) Frank E Lee and Pete Duffy

Mother Jones is back in Colorado!

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Mother Jones impersonator Kaiulani Lee begins a tour of Colorado next week.  Kaiulani, who wowed Cork audiences at the inaugural Spirit of Mother Jones festival in 2012 is touring under the auspices of the United Mine Workers’ of America with her play “Can’t Scare Me, the story of Mother Jones”.  We wish her all the best and hope she can return to Cork soon.

For more on Kaiulani and her show visit her website at www.kaiulanilee.com or view her Facebook page.

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival wins major award from Irish Hotel Federation

One of Cork’s newest festivals has just won a prestigious national award. Just three years in existence the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, based at Shandon has been awarded one of the Irish Hotel Federation top Gathering awards in the Best Arts and Culture category.

 

The announcement was made at the Irish Hotel Federation Conference at the Knightbrook Hotel in Trim Co Meath on Tuesday morning.

 

The festival founded in 2012 and designed to celebrate Cork born Mary Harris, who became known as “the most dangerous woman in America” for her trade union activities and her support for the miners and their families has already become an international event.

 

Jim Nolan accepted the IHF award on behalf of the Cork Mother Jones Committee from Minister Michael Ring at a reception at the Hotels Conference and thanked the IHF for this practical demonstration of support for the event.

 

“We are absolutely thrilled with this award, it will really put historic Shandon and the Mother Jones festival on the map” stated Jim Nolan of the Cork Mother Jones Committee. It is down to the amazing hard work of an outstanding voluntary committee”

 

“The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival is a unique and innovative event, which seeks out inspirational people who fight for social justice to come to our Shandon summer school

and tell their story” declared Mr. Nolan, “it has managed to attract huge interest from abroad, especially America”

 

“We are very much based in the community of Shandon and the festival prides itself on being free and open to everyone to come along and attend. We want to thank the local community, not least the local Maldron Hotel and the Firkin Crane Centre for providing practical support and venues and our sponsors SIPTU and Cork City Council for their encouragement which has enabled the event to grow and thrive.” reiterated Mr. Nolan.

 

The 2014 Festival will be held again from Thursday 29th July until 1st August at the Maldron Hotel and the Firkin Crane Centre in the heart of historic Shandon and will again feature a host of international and Irish speakers, concerts, lectures, workshops and music.

 

A full festival programme of events will be announced shortly and up to date details can be found on http://www.motherjonescork.com or contact Jim Nolan 086 1651356, or Ger O’Mahony at 086 3196063.

Cork sends greetings to Mother Jones Foundation

The Cork Mother Jones Committee has sent warm greetings to the Mother Jones Foundation on the occasion of its annual dinner which is held every October. 

A letter to the Foundation included the following:

“It is a great honour for us to convey fraternal greetings from Cork, the birthplace of Mary Harris, to the Mother Jones Foundation, its officers, members and supporters.

Mother Jones was honoured in Cork for the first time on 1st August 2012 when a plaque was unveiled and a festival held in the Shandon area of Cork, close to where she was baptised in the North Cathedral exactly 175 years earlier.

On 11th February 2013, the Cork City Council passed a unanimous motion declaring August 1st to be henceforth “Mother Jones Day” in Cork.

The Committee held a “Spirit of Mother Jones Festival” in 2013, which attracted considerable national and international interest. Our 2014 festival will take place from 29th July until 1st August and will again feature a range of national and international speakers who will address themes we regard as close to Mother Jones’s brave and fiery heart. A full list of events will appear on our website in January 2014.

The event will feature the very best of Irish music, concerts, films, a garden party, a play, formal lectures and informal discussions over the four days and all are very welcome. The festival is dedicated to “the memory of Mary Harris known as Mother Jones and inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice”

We wish to salute the Mother Jones Foundation for ensuring that the memory of the brave and courageous woman lives on and indeed is very much alive today more so than for many years. Mother Jones provides hope to us all in this age of austerity and her spirit will help to lead us to “that grander civilisation” for all, which she sought and fought for all her life.

Thank you all for being an inspiration to us here in Cork”.

 

 

 

 

Cork Coal Quay Family Festival

From our friends at the Cork Coal Quay Family Festival.   The “Coal Quay” (pronounced as Coal Kay by locals) is a historic area in the centre of Cork City.  Built on an ancient marsh, the Coal Quay area is one of the oldest parts of Cork city.   The Coal Quay Family Festival kicks off on Saturday, 17th August.

 

At 11.45am, the Cork Butter Exchange Band will open the Festival by marching from North Gate Bridge along the good auld North Main Street, Kyle Street to Cornmarket Street accompanied by the Coal Shawlies where they will meet the Lord Mayor who will open the Festival. The people of Cork are more then welcome to join the colourful parade.
                                                                       
This unique voluntary fun filled family festival will celebrate the heart and soul of Cork City – the Coal Quay with its rich vibrant colourful heritage, tradition and culture in music, song, story, poetry, theatrical performances, & comedy. For the children, there will be face painters; clowns; magic shows, & balloon modelling on offer. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the grand auld characters of the Coal Quay winding and weaving their way through the colourful crowd! Also on show will be a fabulous photographic exhibition of old maps and illustrations exhibited along the entire streetscape, showcasing the Coal Quay Market in its former days with its quintessential traders dressed in traditional shawls. Free traditional food will be will served by The Bodega and The Cornstore on the day.
Why not dress-up in traditional costume – your grandmothers and grandfathers clothes and join in the party atmosphere. Come along and join the fun on the good auld Coal Quay- a treat for all the family. See you there!
For further information contact:
Event Organisers: Breda Scanlon: breda.scanlon6@gmail.com / Richard T. Cooke: richardtcooke@yahoo.com

 
 

Mother Jones Festival 2012 Highlights

Selected highlights from the inaugural Mother Jones Festival in Cork, Ireland celebrating the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mary Harris aka Mother Jones.

The 2013 festival runs from Tuesday 30th July to Thursday 1st August, and promises to be even better than last year. It culminates on August 1st, the anniversary of Mary Harris’s baptism at Cork’s North Cathedral on that date in 1837. The anniversary is now formally recognised by Cork City Council as “Mother Jones Day”.

Our thanks to Frameworks Films for permission to use these highlights