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!
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”
Programme highlights for 2014 were:
Tuesday 29th. July
Official opening here at the Maldron Hotel.
The 2014 Cork Mother Jones lecture.
The Cork Singers Club.
Wednesday 30th July
The story of the Magdalenes by Claire McGettrick JFM Research.
Justice for the Underdog. Gareth Peirce, Solicitor.
The Cork Harbour Soviet, Luke Dineen
The Mother Jones Gala Concert.
The Mother Jones Ceili Band.
Thursday 31st July
The Battle for Orgreave with Paul Winter
The Miners fightback with Betty Cook and Anne Scargill (WAPCs)
The Durham Gala with Dave Hopper, Durham Miners Association.
The Ludlow Massacre with Jim Green.
Si Kahn and Anne Feeney in concert. (Tickets 15 euro)
Friday 1st August
Rosemary Feurer, Garden Party, Plaque event.
Premiere of documentary “Mother Jones and her Children” from Framework Films
We offer 10% off accommodation to to all those attending the festival.