Anne Feeney – Folk Singer-Songwriter, Activist and Friend of the Mother Jones Festival – RIP

Anne Feeney, American folk singer, songwriter and trade union activist died on 3rd February 2021. Anne visited Cork in 2013 and in spite of serious health issues was determined to return and sing at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival. When she did return in 2014 Anne sang at the Cork Singers Club on the opening … Continue reading Anne Feeney – Folk Singer-Songwriter, Activist and Friend of the Mother Jones Festival – RIP

Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee

Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, has been nominated by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of Labour. The news reports that Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Chicago since 2014, whose parents were from Co Galway, has been nominated by President elect Joe Biden to be his Secretary of Labour has been welcomed by the Cork Mother Jones … Continue reading Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee

The story of Marjorie Mazia and Woody Guthrie.

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.

Mother Jones May Day We Shall Rise Party

Join our live celebration on zoom. WE SHALL RISE! Preregister at link recommended. Join Sara Nelson (AFA/CWA), Cecil Roberts (UMWA) & Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the U.S., Brian O Brien, Ireland’s consul general for Chicago & Midwest.& MORE ! Toasts from Cork Ireland, Mother Jones’ birthplace & Mother Jones Monument, Mt. Olive Illinois. Learn … Continue reading Mother Jones May Day We Shall Rise Party

Mother Jones….. US National Mining Hall of Fame Inductee 248.

Mary "Mother" Jones picture from 1901 Mother Jones…..National Mining Hall of Fame Inductee 248. On September 14, 2019 Mother Jones was inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame in Leadville, Colorado. According to its website…. “The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered … Continue reading Mother Jones….. US National Mining Hall of Fame Inductee 248.

Presentation by Irish Consul in Chicago to Mother Jones Heritage group

Presentation by Irish Vice Consul in Chicago to the Mother Jones Statue Campaign committee of the Mother Jones Heritage Project. We attach a report from the Mother Jones Heritage Project. “Our Mother Jones Chicago statue sculpture fundraising is off to a glorious start. Proud to accept a generous check from Sara Keating, Vice Consul General … Continue reading Presentation by Irish Consul in Chicago to Mother Jones Heritage group

Beatles Album cover designer Jann Haworth includes Mother Jones in her latest mural creation.

Beatles Album cover designer Jann Haworth includes Mother Jones in her latest mural creation. Cork woman Mother Jones has been included among the women icons in the Work in Progress Celebrating Women Who are Catalysts for Change mural featuring the faces of more than 100 influential women which have either been written out of history … Continue reading Beatles Album cover designer Jann Haworth includes Mother Jones in her latest mural creation.

Historic new photos of Mother Jones rediscovered

  The Cork Mother Jones Committee has received the following photographs of Mother Jones during her visit to Northern Michigan during the Copper Country strike of 1913/14. She went north to the Great Lakes area to address a mass meeting of the union members and supporters. Mother Jones was 76 years old at the time.  … Continue reading Historic new photos of Mother Jones rediscovered

James Connolly’s encounter with Mother Jones in New York

Our thanks to US Labour activist Saul Schniderman and Si Kahn for supplying an interesting article written by Professor L.A.O'Donnell from 1987 on the role of Irish emigrants who were active in the US Labour movement. Entitled "Irish Yeast in the Trade Unions" it was published in Talkin' Union No 16 in September 1987 and makes reference to Mother … Continue reading James Connolly’s encounter with Mother Jones in New York