August 1st – Mother Jones Day

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Today, 1st August, is Mother Jones Day in Cork and it is also the final day of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2016.

There are just three events on today’s programme all of which will be held at the Maldron Hotel, Shandon.  We start at 4.00pm with a showing of Tadhg Barry Remembered – the story of trade unionist, socialist and Irish republican Alderman Tadhg Barry who was shot dead by a sentry at Ballykinlar prison camp in November 1921, just hours before he was due to be released.  The documentary was made by Cork based Frameworks Films.

At 6.00pm we show The Spirit of Mother Jones Festivals Highlights 2012-2015 which features some of the memorable moments of the first four years of the festival. Our thanks to Frameworks Films who have recorded a huge amount of material at the festival since 2012 and who have similarly created a repository of film recording Cork’s present and recent past which we are certain will become a huge resource for this city.

At 7.30pm Bandon born author and award winning journalist Justine McCarthy will deliver a lecture on “Greed is Good for Nothing”.


All of today’s events are at the Maldron Hotel, John Redmond Street in the Shandon area of Cork and are completely free.

Greed is Good for Nothing

Justine McCarthy will address the above topic at the Spirit of Mother Jones summer school on Monday August 1st August 2016.

Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy

Justine is from Bandon, Co Cork and was educated at the Ursuline convent in Blackrock.   Her father and grand-father were councillors and her immersion in a political family has stood to her as a commentator on contemporary politics and Irish life.


Justine McCarthy was chief features writer and columnist with the Irish Independent from 1984. She is now a columnist and reporter with The Sunday Times.

Ms McCarthy worked with Aspect and Village magazine and her articles have appeared in newspapers such as the Guardian, Observer and Washington Post.

Deep Deception (book cover)

Deep Deception (book cover)

She is the author of Mary McAleese: The Outsider and Deep Deception: Ireland’s Swimming Scandals.Justine has won more than a dozen journalism awards, including the Journalists’ Journalists features writer award. Kevin Myers once described one of her columns as “the very quintessence of the feminist narrative” which, she was surprised to read on Wikipedia, was intended as criticism.  She considered it a compliment!


She is a regular broadcaster and appears frequently on Tonight with Vincent Browne where her forthright comments usually ensure respectful silence from Mr Browne. Ms McCarthy is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick.

Justine McCarthy's biography of Mary McAleese

Justine McCarthy’s biography of Mary McAleese


Her commitment to the truth in her writing along with her absolute determination to expose cant, hypocrisy and injustice in the Irish political system stand out. She is a strong and committed defender of those seeking justice in Ireland and her opinions on issues which matter are expressed cogently and fearlessly.


Justine McCarthy will speak to the topic “Greed is Good for Nothing” at the Spirit of Mother Jones summer school on Monday evening 1st August at 7.30 pm at the Maldron Hotel.