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Mother Jones Festival

Along with all these great Cork festivals there is a festival occuring in the Summer of 2015 which is very close to all of us here in the Maldron Hotel Cork. The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will be held again this Summer and will celebrate the life of the enigmatic Mother Jones, a woman held in high regard in this area. Be sure to come and join in!

The Spirit of Mother Jones festival 2015 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 Time: Friday, 31st July 2015 at 3.30pm. 

Other Programme highlights for 2015:

Wednesday 29th. July

1-2pm: Mother Jones Inspirational Poetry Readings Cork City Poets here at the Maldron Hotel Cork

9pm: Spirit of Mother Jones Gala Concert at the Firkin Crane, Shandon

10:15pm: The Cork Singers Club at the Maldron Hotel Cork

Thursday 30th July

1-2pm: Lunchtime concert, here at the Maldron Hotel Cork

10pm: Two Time Polka, here at the Maldron Hotel Cork


Friday 31st July

1-2pm: Jimmy Crowley-Singing Cork Urban Ballads and talking about his new bestselling book.


Saturday 1st August

9pm: The Man Who Never Died! (The Joe Hill Commemoration Concert)


In 2012 Shandon was the location for the inaugural Mother Jones Festival which celebrated the 175 Anniversary of the birth of Mary Harris nearby. The festival was hugely successful, receiving coverage throughout Ireland and America and placing the ancient Shandon Quarter in international focus.

The Cork Mother Jones Committee felt Shandon should continue to honour Mother Jones by highlighting and providing a platform for discussing labour history, trade union campaigns for fair working conditions and social issues in the setting of the birthplace of Mother Jones.

“What better way to remember the inspirational Mother Jones than by listening to inspirational people and discussing the struggles of ordinary workers and people in an annual Summer School setting in this area?” stated Jim Nolan of the Committee.

“It would be a fitting tribute to a truly extraordinary Cork woman who always fought for fair play for people”

We  offer 10% off accommodation to to all those attending the festival.



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