PHOTOGRAPHED IN MAY 2011
This pedestrian bridge was opened in 2004. In the 18th Century there was a ferry across the River Lee here. The quay walls of cut limestone were installed in the 1820s.
Back in 2019 there was a campaign to have this bridge renamed as Mother Jones Bridge. The name of Mary Harris, known internationally as Mother Jones, was on a shortlist of five names which were considered for the Harley Street Bridge. However, councillors voted to name the bridge after World War II aid worker Mary Elmes.
Mary G. Harris Jones (1837 (baptised) – November 30, 1930), known as Mother Jones from 1897 onwards, was an Irish-born American labor organiser, former schoolteacher, and dressmaker who became a prominent union organiser, community organiser, and activist. She helped coordinate major strikes, secure bans on child labor, and co-founded the socialist trade union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
After Jones’s husband and four children all died of yellow fever in 1867 and her dress shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, she became an organiser for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. In 1902, she was called “the most dangerous woman in America” for her success in organising miners and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, to protest the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organised a children’s march from Philadelphia to the home of President Theodore Roosevelt in New York.