The Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival 2018


Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th August

A festival and summer school dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris/Mother Jones and to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice. Events take place in the Maldron Hotel, Firkin Crane and Cathedral Visitor’s Centre.

For full details on the programme click here

Events at Firkin Crane

Wednesday 1st 7:30 p.m.
Fords – Memories of the Line
A film documentary produced by Frameworks Films and the Ford Ex-workers’ Group Premiere
Among the major highlights of the festival will be the premiere of a new documentary, a film about what it was like to work on the assembly line at Ford’s car manufacturing plant in Cork, which operated on the Mariana from 1917 to 1984. The documentary was produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with Ford’s Ex-Workers Group. It will document the closure of the factory in 1984 and the impact this had on the men, their families and the city of Cork.

Thursday 2nd 6pm
Up to the Last Drop – The Secret Water Wars of Europe
The Cork premiere of this film, produced by Small Planet Productions in Greece and directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos


Friday 3rd 7.30pm
Mary Manning “Striking Back — the story of the Dunnes Stores workers’ strike”
On 19th July 1984 Mary Manning refused to register the sale of two Outspan South African grapefruits at the Dunnes Stores Henry Street branch and set of a chain of events which captured the world’s attention. Mary will tell the story of the Dunnes Stores Strikers and their historic fight against Apartheid which aroused the interest and gratitude of Nelson Mandela himself.

Saturday 4th 11am
Frank Connolly “NAMA-Land: The Inside Story of Ireland’s Property Sell-off and The Creation of a New Elite”
Frank Connolly is Head of Communications at SIPTU. A well-know investigative journalist, he writes for Village Voice and has published several books. His work contributed to the establishment of two judicial tribunals into corruption in Ireland, the Flood/Mahon and Morris Tribunals.

Saturday 4th 2.30pm
Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington “Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, feminist, nationalist, socialist, pacifist – her activism in Ireland and the US.”
Dr Sheehy Skeffington, the grand-daughter of suffragette leader Hanna Sheehy Skeffington will speak about her grandmother, who was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork in 1877 and went on to spend a lifetime fighting for women’s rights, including the right to vote until her death on 20th April 1946. In an extraordinary coincidence, during a visit to America in 1918, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington had shared a speaking platform in San Francisco with Mother Jones. The two Cork-born women met and spoke together at this meeting on April 16th 1918. Hanna’s American visit and her meeting with Mother Jones will be described by Micheline.

Saturday 4th 5pm
PRIDE Presented in association with the Quay Co-op
The true story of how a group of London-based gay and lesbian activists supported the families of Welsh miners during the 1984 miners’ strike