Remembering Michael O’Riordan – A Neighbour’s Child

Michael O'Riordan, International Brigade Volunteer (1938) Michael O’Riordan was born on the 12th November 1917, at 37 Popes Quay in Cork City. He was the youngest of five children. His parents, Micheál O’Riordan of Inchinossig and Julia Creed of Illauninagh came from Ballingeary in Muskerry, Co Cork.  His father, Micheál, was a carter at Cork … Continue reading Remembering Michael O’Riordan – A Neighbour’s Child

Mother Jones featured on Irish Times series on Irish diaspora

Today's Irish Times (Saturday, 25th March 2017), includes a features an interesting article on Mary Harris / Mother Jones.  The feature, which is part of an ongoing series of diaspora related articles under the heading "Irish Connections", covers Mother Jones ' personal journey and her campaigning across North America for the rights of working people … Continue reading Mother Jones featured on Irish Times series on Irish diaspora

300 years of Cork Migration to North America – Lecture

Emigrants on Cork city quays during the Great Famine The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council's are holding a talk on 300 years of migration from County Cork to North America which might be of interest to people.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, 14th March in the Council Chamber of Cork County Hall, Carrigrohane … Continue reading 300 years of Cork Migration to North America – Lecture

Frederick Douglass……..campaigner against slavery… his Cork visit!

Laurence Fenton will present Frederick Douglass in Cork…the Black O’Connell during the Spirit of Mother Jones summer school. He will speak at the Maldron Hotel on Friday morning 29th July at 11.30 am. Frederick Bailey, known to the world as Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland in February 1818, and spent his entire life seeking … Continue reading Frederick Douglass……..campaigner against slavery… his Cork visit!

The Irish Citizen Army and the Road to the 1916 Rising

Members of the Irish Citizen Army outside Liberty Hall, Dublin The Spirit of Mother Jones festival will include a series of lectures exploring the  origins and role of the Irish Citizen Army, a workers army, in the Easter 1916 rebellion.   The venue for the lectures will be the Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork.  Date and … Continue reading The Irish Citizen Army and the Road to the 1916 Rising

“Get off your knees” – the Rosemary Feurer lecture 2014

At the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2014 an important paper was delivered Professor Rosemary Feurer of Northern Illinois University.  Prof. Feurer, who had also spoken at the inaugural festival in Cork in 2012, examined the parallel activities of Mother Jones and the great Irish socialist leaders James Connolly and "Big Jim" Larkin, in particular looking … Continue reading “Get off your knees” – the Rosemary Feurer lecture 2014