The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2023

The 2023 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will occur from Thursday, 27th July, over three days and nights until Saturday, 29th July. It will be based at the Shandon Maldron Hotel, and the events will all be held in and around the old historic community of Shandon.

The 12th annual festival will consist of talks, lectures, walks, documentaries, songs, music, and discussions. The festival celebrates the life of Mary Harris/Mother Jones, who was born nearby in 1837. The festival content reflects the union labour, social justice and human rights values of Mother Jones in the current times. The festival aims to be interesting, relevant and challenging.

All events are free and open to all, thanks to the kind sponsorship of sections of the Irish Trade Union Movement and Cork City Council and the local community of Shandon, as well as donations. However, as some events fill up quickly, please be on time as we cannot reserve seats.

The complete official programme of events will be published in late June, and hard copies will be available through the Cork City and County Libraries. However, we will list confirmed events on this site from late May onwards. We urge potential visitors to visit our site regularly as some speakers can be added to the programme as we approach the festival itself.

We are looking forward to meeting you in 2023.

Festival Dates: Thursday 27th July till Saturday 29th July.