Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton for Mother Jones Fes­ti­val

Irish Examiner - County - - NEWS - Áilín Quin­lan

The grand-daugh­ter of fa­mous suf­fragette leader Hanna Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton will ad­dress the sev­enth Spirit of Mother Jones Fes­ti­val in Cork this sum­mer.

Dr Miche­line Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton will speak about her renowned grand­mother at the 2018 Spirit of Mother Jones Sum­mer School to be held in the Shan­don His­toric Quar­ter from Au­gust 1-4.

The fes­ti­val will be of­fi­cially launched to­mor­row. Another venue has been added to its tra­di­tional cen­tres at the Firkin Theatre and the Mal­dron Ho­tel, with talks planned at the Cathe­dral Vis­i­tor Cen­tre to the North Cathe­dral.

The Cathe­dral has a strong link to Cork-born union or­gan­iser and hu­man rights cam­paigner, Mary Har­ris, who later be­came known across the US as Mother Jones.

She had been bap­tised on Au­gust 1, some 181 years ago, at the North Cathe­dral.

Among the high­lights of this year’s fes­ti­val will be the premiere of a new doc­u­men­tary, Fords — Mem­o­ries of the Line, about the as­sem­bly line at Ford’s car man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Cork, which op­er­ated on the Ma­rina from 1917 to 1984. The doc­u­men­tary cov­ers the clo­sure of the fac­tory in 1984 and the im­pact it had on the men, their fam­i­lies and the city of Cork.

The fes­ti­val also cel­e­brates the achieve­ments of the suf­fragette move­ment fea­tur­ing Dr Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton, a de­scen­dant of suf­fragette leader Hanna Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton who spent her life fight­ing for women’s’ rights, in­clud­ing the right to vote un­til her death on April 20, 1946. Hanna’s hus­band Fran­cis Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton was mur­dered dur­ing the 1916 Ris­ing.

In an ex­tra­or­di­nary co­in­ci­dence, dur­ing a visit to Amer­ica in 1918, Hanna Sheehy Sk­eff­in­g­ton shared a speak­ing plat­form in San Fran­cisco with Mother Jones. Hanna’s Amer­i­can visit and her mee­tat­tached ing with Mother Jones will be de­scribed by Miche­line at the sum­mer school.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture Pro­fes­sor Louise Ryan of the Univer­sity of Sh­effield who has pub­lished ex­ten­sively on the suf­fragette move­ment and Cork his­to­rian Anne Twomey.

Univer­sity Col­lege Cork his­to­rian Luke Di­neen will lec­ture on Cork born Thomas “Corkie” Walsh, a mem­ber of the Ir­ish Cit­i­zen Army, who fired the first shot of the 1916 Ris­ing; Mary Man­ning who, in July 1984, re­fused to reg­is­ter the sale of two Outspan South African grape­fruits at the Dunnes Stores Henry Street branch and set off a chain of events which cap­tured the world’s at­ten­tion, and also the story of the Dunnes Stores strik­ers and their his­toric fight against apartheid.

This year saw the erec­tion of a road marker com­mem­o­rat­ing Mother Jones on Route 66 in Illi­nois and an ex­hi­bi­tion at the new mu­seum near Mount Olive, her fi­nal rest­ing place.

The Ir­ish Am­bas­sador to Amer­ica, Mr Dan Mul­hall, re­cently paid a visit to the grave and mon­u­ment to Mother Jones at Mount Olive Min­ers ceme­tery ac­com­pa­nied by Rose­mary Feurer of the Amer­i­can Mother Jones Her­itage Project.

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