A new documentary on a thrilling chapter of Limerick’s past will be screened on 11th October 2015 at 12 noon in the Gate Cinema, Cork as part of the IndieCork Festival. ‘The Limerick Soviet’ has been produced by Frameworks Films, in collaboration with the Limerick Council of Trade Unions.
‘The Limerick Soviet’ tells the story of a revolution on the streets of Limerick in April 1919 when the first soviet in Ireland was declared. It occurred as workers in the city refused to succumb to the imposition of martial law in Limerick, which had been declared following the death of a trade unionist and IRA member, at police hands. This hard-line approach by the British authorities backfired and resulted in the calling of a general strike and the effective control of the city by the workers.
‘The Limerick Soviet’ examines the events leading up to this dramatic event, details what happened during the strike and explores its legacy. This fascinating account of twelve days in April 1919 brings to light a forgotten episode in Irish history.
‘The Limerick Soviet’ was produced with the support of the Sound and Vision scheme, an initiative of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
A new documentary on a unique woman from Cork will be screened at 12pm on Sunday 19th October 2014 in the Gate Cinema, Cork as part of the IndieCork Festival. ‘Mother Jones and her Children’ has been produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with the Cork Mother Jones Commemorative Committee. For information about tickets see www.indiecork.com
‘Mother Jones and her Children’ outlines the life of the most famous Cork woman in America – Mary Jones, formerly Mary Harris. The documentary tells of her extraordinary life – her early years in Cork, her survival of the Famine and emigration to Canada, her move to the US and her marriage to George Jones, her life as a mother to four young children, her tragic loss of her entire family and later her business, her entry into the labour movement and her growing involvement in organising workers to the point where she is dubbed ‘the most dangerous women in America’.
With contributions from leading experts on Mother Jones, the documentary will restore her memory, particularly in her native city, where she is still relatively unknown to this day.
The documentary will also be broadcast shortly on Cork Community Television (available on Channel 803 on UPC’s digital cable package) and streamed live on www.corkcommunitytv.ie ‘Mother Jones and her Children’ was produced with the support of the Sound and Vision scheme, an initiative of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.