The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

Cork City

Thu 29 Jul - Mon 02 Aug 2021


The Spirit of Mother Jones festival and summer school celebrates Cork born Mary Harris (1837-1930) known as Mother Jones. Mary was baptised in the North Cathedral on August 1st 1837. She was a fearless union organiser in the United States in the early 20th Century and fought for workers rights.

The festival is dedicated to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice. The festival covers, history, heritage, labour rights, social justice and human rights issues.

The 2019 Festival will include talks, lectures discussions, films, poetry, music and singing at venues throughout the beautiful Shandon Historical Quarter in the heart of Cork City. Venues this year include The Firkin Crane Theatre, Cathedral Visitor Centre, Maldron Hotel, Maureen's and MYO's

A highlight (31st July at 12.30 at the Shandon Plaza) will feature the re-enactment of the famous 1903 March of the Mill Children through the historic streets of Shandon, where Mary Harris was born. The original March led by Mother Jones exposed the exploitation of children in the mines and mills of America to the wider public and began the

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