“Mother Jones Commemorative coin now in production! The Cork Mother Jones committee has decided to order a very limited number of specially designed coins for the Mother Jones 175th anniversary. As far as we know, this is the only such coin in existence so they should prove a collectors piece.They will be 50mm in dimension and it is hoped to sell them at a very reasonable price of €10 (plus post and packaging for orders by post); they will be on sale during the festival but if anyone wants to order one in advance ( at the moment we can only sell one per customer), they can do so by contacting Jim ( with customer’s name, address and contact telephone number) at firstname.lastname@example.org – please put the word “coin” in the subject field of your email.
An interesting story which appeared in the Huffington Post about a month ago regarding a new campaign that has been started in the United States to have Mother Jones commemorated on a postage stamp in her adopted country.
According to the article by author, playwright and former union activist David Macaray, a group of US labour activists and historians have got together and formed a campaign to put a Mother Jones stamp on millions of letters, postcards and parcels posted in the USA. Macaray argues that if Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne could be featured on postage stamps, then why not Mother Jones?
The campaign is asking people, and particularly US citizens, to write to the US Postal Administration and ask for Mother Jones to be featured on a commemorative stamp in the near future. It is a call we wholeheartedly endorse at the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee. As we’re at it, the same request could be put to the Irish postal authorities (An Post). They even have an online form where suitable subjects and individuals who people think should be put on commemorative stamps can be suggested. You can make that submission here. There is a precedent for join stamp issues between the US and Ireland. In the past identical stamps were issued simultaneously in the US and Ireland to mark the 150th anniversary of the Irish Great Famine. Maybe we can make that a transatlantic campaign to put the head of Mother Jones on postage stamps on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean!
Mother Jones and the forthcoming Cork Mother Jones festival have been featured prominently in the latest edition of the Irish Lives Remembered genealogy magazine. The emagazine can be viewed here: http://www.irishlivesremembered.com/magazine.html
The magazine can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format and in addition to the Mother Jones articles provides a wealth of information and interesting features on Irish ancestry and related themes.
The appearance of the article on Mother Jones and several prominent articles in local and national newspapers and magazines is all sign of a growing interest in Mother Jones in her native Ireland and in particular in her native city of Cork where she has been heretofore practically unknown.
The Cork Mother Jones Commemorative committee has announced the preliminary programme of events for the Fesitval which will be held in the Shandon area on the Northside of Cork City, Ireland from 31st July to 2nd August 2012.
The Festival opens on Tuesday, 31st July with the Irish premiere of Mother Jones, America’s Most Dangerous Woman with the film’s director / producer Rosemary Feuer present to discuss the film and its subject. This will be followed by an evening of music and song at the Maldron Hotel with the Cork Singers’ Club.
Day two, entitled “The Main Event”, opens with a commemorative Mass at Cork’s North Cathedral where Mary Harris was baptised exactly 175 years earlier to the day on 1st August 1837. This will be followed by a tour of the area for our guests and the official opening of the Mother Jones Exhibition and a concert at the Firkin Crane centre, part of Cork’s historic butter market. In the afternoon there will be a lecture and discussion with Prof. Elliot Gorn, biographer of Mother Jones; and Marat Moore, former miner, writer and US labour activist. Wednesday evening’s events will be opened with the ringing out of the world famous Shandon Bells over Cork City at exactly 18.37 hrs to mark the 175th anniversary of Mother Jones’ birth. This will be followed by a recital from the local Butter Exchange Brass band and the official unveiling of the Mother Jones plaque, beautifully sculpted by artist Mick Wilkins, at John Redmond Street, Shandon.
The night will be completed with the “Freedom Bells” concert at St. Ann’s Church of Ireland Shandon with the renowned singer / songwriter Andy Irvine who has recorded a song dedicated to Mother Jones There will also be an event entitled Mother Jones – music, song and dance at the Maldron Hotel, featuring Hank Wedel, Two Time Polka and a host of musicians, singers and dancers.
The event will end with a day long tour for the guests, taking in Shandon, Cobh and Inchigeelagh, all places which were associated with Mother Jones.
You can download the preliminary programme Mother Jones Programme. The final programme will be published in early June.
A few people have asked us to put up some images and songs about Cork, the birthplace of Mother Jones. She was born on the Northside of Cork in 1837, probably in the last week of July. We do know for certain that she was baptised in St. Mary’s North Cathedral, known locally then and now as the North Chapel and featured in the first video here. It is to the right of the video shown here. The tall pepper-pot shaped spire is the steeple of St. Ann’s Shandon which is known the world over for its famous bells. The North Cathedral was and still is the Roman Catholic parish church for the area while Shandon is the Church of Ireland (Anglican / Protestant) parish church.
You can see both and the general area of the Northside which would have been known to the young Mary Harris before she and her family left for North America sometime around 1851/’52. The singer in this short clip is Kieran Goss, from Co. Down on the other end of Ireland.
and below this more recent video from the Shandon Street Festival with local singer and historian Richard T. Cooke singing his own composition, “Cork City is my home” – Richard is also a member of the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee and will no doubt give us a rendition of the song on the day of our celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Mother Jones.
and here are the Shandon Bells, which have been ringing out over Cork city for almost 300 years
Great song / video about Mary Harris Jones from the famous cowboy singer of the 1930s & ’40s, Gene Autry