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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 political process of ending the practice.

The Cork Community Art Link project will organise this spectacular event in conjunction with the festival committee.

All events are free, just come along in good time.

The full programme of over 30 events is available at www.motherjonescork.com or on the festival Facebook or can be picked up in libraries throughout Cork.

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