From the opening voice of Mother Jones speaking of labour unity in her final days to the closing lines of “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes”, Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman a documentary produced by Sorcha Glackin for a documentary on Newstalk 106-108FM is a comprehensive account of some of the activities of Mother Jones in the front lines of the workers and union struggles in the U.S.A. While it concentrates on the Ludlow Massacre in 1914, through its wide cast of speakers it provides a rare account of the fearless actions taken by labour organiser Cork woman Mary Harris in defence of “her boys”, as she called the miners.
Mother Jones was featured on the long-running RTÉ Radio 1 programme Sunday Miscellany this Sunday (July 1st) with an excellent summary of her life by local writer / journalist Colette Sheridan who also mentioned the Cork Mother Jones Festival which takes place from July 31 to 2nd August in the Shandon area of Cork City. It also included Andy Irvine singing his ballad “The Spirit of Mother Jones”
Sunday Miscellany is one of Irish radio’s longest running and most popular weekly programmes which features a collection of essays, poems and other short items contributed by listeners, interspersed with appropriate music. You can listen to or download the programme by clicking on the link below. The item on Mother Jones begins at 00:29.15 minutes.
Our thanks and appreciation to Collette Sheridan, Andy Irvine and Sunday Miscellany series producer Cliodhna Ní Anluain.