Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones (pictured left), was born in Shandon in 1837 and baptised in the North Cathedral. After the Famine, and while still a teenager, she emigrated with her family, first to Canada and then to the United States, where she became a teacher. Later, after the loss of her husband and four children to yellow fever in 1867 and the loss of her dressmaking business in the great Chicago fire of 1871, she became involved in the American labour movement. She rose to national prominence, becoming known for her fiery speeches, determination, and as a leading campaigner and organiser for the rights of children and workers, as an opponent of child labour, and as a champion of American mine workers. In 1902 she was called 'The most dangerous woman in America' due to her success in organising campaigns against American mine owners and because of her success in improving working conditions. She died in 1930 at the age of 93. A plaque was unveiled in her honour in John Redmond Street as part of the first Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival, in 2012, on the 175th anniversary of her birth.
Mother Jones plaque in John Redmond Street