The Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival 2019


The Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival is a festival and summer school dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris / Mother Jones and to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice. Over 30 events will take place over four days and nights in the Shandon Historic Quarter. All events are FREE.

Wednesday 31st July – Saturday 3rd August
Women of the Factories by Megan and Jessica Kennedy
An exhibition of photographs taken 1915 – 1956 documenting Cork female factory workers. Images of Thompsons, Sunbeam and other local factories.

Wednesday 31st July 2019 8pm
Professor Elliot J Gorn
Author of Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America
“The Story of Mother Jones”

Thursday 1st August 2019 7.30pm
Anne Twomey Shandon Area History Group
“Mary Elmes: An Irish Heroine”

Friday 2nd August 2019 7.30pm
Michael Kingston & Tom MacSweeney
“The Whiddy disaster 40 years on: Still looking for answers”
Statement by Madame Ginette Ravaleu, President of the French-Irish Association of Relatives and Friends of Betelgeuse

Saturday 3rd August 10.30am 
Briege Voyle
“Ballymurphy August 1971”
Includes a screening of the Channel 4 documentary The Ballymurphy Precedent directed by Callum Macrae

Saturday 3rd August 2019 3.00pm
Professor Elliot J Gorn
“The Lynching of Emmet Till – A Civil Rights Movement is born!”

Mother Jones Festival Brochure 2019