Thursday Doors

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Arches and railings, a feisty woman, plus some nice views from the top of a bus, all come to you this week from Thursday Doors in Cork City. The Gaelic word for Cork (Corcaigh) means marshy place and all of Cork’s main thoroughfares were built on covered up river channels. The city itself sits on the banks of the River Lee and the motto on its coat of arms translates to English as A Safe Harbor for Ships. In fact, Cork is said to have the second largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney Harbour in Australia.

The first photograph on this post (the arches and railings) is of the main entrance to Bishop Lucey Park in the center of the city, which The Workers’ Party (Cork region) symbolically renamed Mother Jones Park, in honour of a woman who was a hero of the working class. Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones) was born in Shandon, Cork City, in 1837. Having survived the starvation years in Ireland of the mid 1800’s she emigrated as a teenager with her family, first to Canada and then to the United States, where she became a teacher. She married and had four children but tragically, all four of them, including their father, succumbed to yellow fever in 1867. Mary Jones also suffered the loss of a dressmaking business she had built up, in the great Chicago fire of 1871. She was involved in the American labour movement and rose to national prominence. Known for her fiery speeches and determination, she became a leading campaigner and organizer for the rights of children and workers.

Mother Jones was a champion of the American mine workers of her day and because of that, and her very outspoken opposition to child labour, in 1902 she was labelled The most dangerous woman in America. This was due to her success in organizing campaigns against the mine owners, which led to the improvement of working conditions. In 1903, protesting the lax enforcement of child labour laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, Mother Jones organized a children’s march from Philadelphia to the home of President Theodore Roosevelt  in New York. She died in 1930 at the age of 93. In 2012, on the 175th anniversary of her birth, a plaque on John Redmond Street was unveiled in her honour, as part of the first Spirit of Mother Jones annual festival.  Mother Jones Festival

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The following slideshow contains some nice views of the city that can be seen from the open top deck of a tour bus. This was the first time I had taken this tour and it was well worth it, being able to see Cork city from a very different angle than usual.

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Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon

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As it was in this area that Mother Jones was born, I thought I would end my post with this door. St. Anne’s Church is where you’ll find the Shandon Bells. If you have the energy and the legs to climb the steeple you can pick a tune and play it on the bells. If you would like to see more Thursday Doors from around the world you’ll find links to them on Norm’s blog. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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51 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    What a beautiful place, Jean! I love the gates and railings in the opening photo. The steeple is beautiful, too. I love stone. On several occasions, I climbed a shorter tower, in order to wind a clock like that one. It was an effort to get up there and then a huge effort to crank the weights back into place. I would make the climb though, especially if I got to pick a tune 🙂

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  2. socialbridge says:

    Really enjoyed this, Jean. Amazing where doors bring one.

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  3. Jim says:

    Nice post. my great great grandfather is from Cork.

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  4. jan says:

    Such a great story about Mother Jones – of course, she’s very beloved here in the US. I love the slogan “fight like hell for the living.”

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  5. Thanks for the tour! I loved the history and river views.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    I love the arches in that first shot Jean.
    Thanks for the history lesson about this very important lady – lord knows how things might be today if we didn’t have people like her back then fighting for the rights of both children and exploited workers.
    Great post 🙂

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  7. Marilyn says:

    What beautiful pictures. Ireland is a country of beauty.Thanks for sharing this post.
    Marilyn

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  8. jesh stg says:

    Wow, what a history – you can’t get this woman down! After losing her children, and her business, she rose to greatness. How I would have loved to have a closer look inside her life (now this is the psychologist in me:) )
    Almost forgot – I came here for the doors! The tower with the door is beautiful. Also, you did a great job on the video – love the bridge with the chevron pattern! I like that you show the surroundings of your story – that’s probably why you are a writer:):)
    Thanks for all the comments last week – I think I had a blog-dip -was not much on there (all of that to say,it wasn’t you!).

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  9. Ken Somerset says:

    Jean as i say every week or when I finish a book you have written ( side note to anyone who has read any of her books, do it. They are well worth it) howcanshe do better and then you do it. Amazing pictures and story. Thanks for doing this.
    Ken

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  10. jlfatgcs says:

    Jean, this is a great post. How Mother Mary Jones survived and ‘rose to the occasion’ as my mother and grandmother would say, is remarkable. My great grandfather came from miners in Wales and moved to America. He established mines in PA, lost his fortune in the stock market crash, and regained it again. I wonder if Mother Mary used the term ‘rise to the occasion’. Thanks for the beautiful arch and the history. -Jennie-

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  11. dimlamp says:

    I didn’t know that Cork has the second largest natural harbour in the world. Mother Jones sounds like a most interesting person, with a strong commitment to the social justice issues of her day.

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  12. joey says:

    Lovely arch, lovely bell tower — your posts are always so lovely. I enjoyed the refresher on Mother Jones also. 🙂

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    I do love arches, and you throw a clock on a tower in there, and I’m really loving it 🙂

    I would certainly climb the tower, but I don’t know about playing a tune on the bells. I’m musically inept 😉

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  14. prior.. says:

    2nd largest harbor – who knew! cork is a nice place- loved the slide show and door – and cool that you can play a tune if you climb up there…. have a nice day

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  15. msgt3227 says:

    Mother Jones is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, Illinois, just 54 miles due south of my home here in Springfield. Her grave is marked by a 22-foot high, 80 ton pink granite monument. The cost of the monument was met by countless small donations from mine workers across the United States… during the middle of the Great Depression! The cemetery is located just off of Old Route 66…

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  16. Ali Isaac says:

    Jean, your photos are AMAZING! I cant believe you took them from the top of a bus… was it moving at the time? Cork looks like a really beautiful city. Thanks so much for showing us around! 😙

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  17. Thanks for the tour Jean; also enjoyed the history lesson and learning about Cork and Mother Jones. The church steeple doors were a nice end to this tour.

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    • Thank you. I hope to actually go in through those doors next time. I might even play a tune on the bells.

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      • Kenneth Somerset says:

        Hello my Irish Friend,

        2 quick items for you this time, now i did not mention them last week when we spoke thru email as i was still trying to figure some stuff out you wrote me,

        1) Your son who is going to college now must be a genius to be entering school so young. if you were born in the late 80’s and watched Poldark from your crib and have gotten married and have a college aged son he must be very smart. But of course with you as a mom i can understand why. You my dear where blessed with brains, beauty and the ability to write amazing stories and blogs. I am blessed to call you friend.

        2) I work in a small city named “Poquoson”. The American Indian word for “marshy land” like Cork. I thought that was intreasting and may prove to be another reason for you to come visit in the future. have a good day,

        Ken

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        • What can I say, I’m the female version of Benjamin Button, lol! That’s interesting about the ‘marshy land’ similarities. Hope you’re having a lovely week, Ken, mine is going great, so far.

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  18. Love this post and pixs. Welcome to that little voice and thank you for following my blog.

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