The Spirit of Mother Jones festival will broadcast a discussion between two activists of the Cork Survivors and Supporters Alliance (CSSA) which has campaigned to get the relevant authorities to locate and protect the burial ground of hundreds of babies born in the Bessborough Mother and Baby ‘Home’ during its operation from 1922 to 1996. … Continue reading A documented Childrens’ Burial Ground erased
During the Spirit of Mother Jones 2021 Festival programme, we will show a recorded interview with Adoption Rights campaigner Mari Steed conducted by John Barimo of the Cork Mother Jones Committee on Saturday 27th November at 6.30 pm on Cork Community Television. (www.corkcommunitytv.ie). Mari Steed was born in the Bessborough Mothers and Babies Home in … Continue reading Mari Steed…….” You have a right to know your identity”.
The 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will contain an interview with Anne Twomey, teacher and historian on the life of Muriel MacSwiney. This will be shown on Cork Community TV on Thursday, November 25th at 8:00 pm followed by a Q&A with Anne at the Maldron Hotel. Anne is a member of the Shandon … Continue reading Muriel MacSwiney … An Unlikely Revolutionary!
Cork Community Television, Sunday 28th November at 7:00 pm. We are proud to present Dr. Sean Pettit’s lecture entitled “The Cork City of Mary Harris” which he gave to the 2016 Spirit of Mother Jones festival. Sean was a much loved and respected teacher and UCC lecturer who became widely known as a writer, broadcaster … Continue reading Dr Sean Pettit…….an Extraordinary Teacher.
The 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones festival will include an interview with Donal Ō Drisceoil, author of Utter Disloyalist: Tadhg Barry and the Irish Revolution. This will be shown on Cork Community Television (www.corkcommunitytv.ie) on Friday evening 26th November beginning at 7:00 pm. Tadhg Barry…….”always keeps in the background”.RIC Intelligence report On Tuesday 15th November … Continue reading Tadhg Barry… “Always Keeps in the Background”.
The launch of the 2021 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival took place among the autumnal crimson and carefree covered walls of the Quad at UCC, during the recent Community Week. The surrounding College wings were constructed during the Irish Famine in the late 1840s. So we wondered if young Mary Harris ever visited the site! Some … Continue reading Mother Jones visits University College Cork. (UCC)
Every wonder why Mother Jones wished to be buried near "her boys" at the town of Mount Olive, in Southern Illinois in the Union Miners Cemetery, which is located near Route 66 midway between Springfield and St. Louis? Mother Jones had earlier written to the Miners of Mount Olive on November 12th 1923, seeking "a resting place … Continue reading Why did Mother Jones wish to be buried at Mount Olive?
The official launch of the tenth annual Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will be held in University College Cork on Thursday 14th October 2021 in conjunction with the UCC Department of Community and Civic Engagement and Community Week. Mona Polacca. The Cork Mother Jones Committee is also delighted to collaborate with The Center for Earth Ethics … Continue reading Launch of Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Cork 2021.
Manus O'Riordan in 2017 at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival We have learned with great sadness of the sudden death of Micheál Manus O' Riordan on 27th September 2021. Manus's emotional tribute to his father, Michael "Remembering Michael O'Riordan: A Neighbour's Child" at the 2017 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, moved deeply all those who attended. … Continue reading Manus O’Riordan – RIP
Blair Mountain Miner (source, Wikipedia) West Virginia celebrates the 100th anniversary of the largest labour uprising in American history. A celebration of the centenary of the Battle of Blair Mountain will take place in the State of West Virginia. The Blair 100 Committee has organised a huge series of wide ranging events beginning on 19th August … Continue reading The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial 1921-2021