Four Months of Protest – December 16th to April 16th

After 4 months of protest, it seemed fitting to recap on the journey somehow, but how do you sum up over 120 in sentences and paragraphs? How do you find the right words? We couldn’t if we tried.

Ansel Adams once wrote, ‘When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs’ so that is what we will do. Here are 4 months, 123 days, 32 people, hundreds of emotions and thousands of memorys in photo diary

Our First Profile Picture December 23rd, there were only 300 fans on the page but it got 188 likes!

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Christmas 2011

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Family and Friends gather in the canteen after mass

ImageJim’s grandson James, 4 weeks old that day comes to visit

 

 

The First Rally on January 2nd with over 600 people

ImageLucas supports his aunt Catherine and Uncle Kevin at the rally

 

January 11th – Jimmy Barry Murphy visits the factory

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JBM on one of his many visits presents Jim with a jersey signed by the Cork Hurling team

 

 

 

January 12th The Rally at the Dail

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The convoy all ready at 6am

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Former VC worker Martha Dennehy makes her voice heard at the Dail

 

The 2nd Cork Rally January 14th

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Our favourite picture of the whole campaign

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Crowds gather to listen to the speeches

 

February 2nd, a cold, windy day – one of many protests in Tipperary

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Helen and Catherine take the fight for justice to Tipperary

 

February 9th Students from Kenmare Community College visit the factory

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February 11th The Protest in Cork City – the biggest protest the Garda ever remember in Cork

 

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Another favourite photo taken by Sarah O Leary

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Despite the rain, 5000 people gathered to support the VC 32

 

February 16th Protesting at IBEC

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Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott Gig in Support of the VC 32 February 17th

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Jim on stage with Declan and Christy (taken by Richie Tyndall)

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Christy chats to the workers after the gig

 

February 18th Paul McGrath, Spike O Sullivan and the Cork City FC team visit the factory

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Baby James is not impressed by Paul!

 

March 2nd a host of Cork musicans, singers and poets perform at a night time vigil at the plant

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Some kids keep her lit at the vigil despite the cold

 

 

March 8th Gerry Adams visits the workers in the canteen

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March 9th the workers are invited to attend Cork City FC’s opening match and get a standing ovation

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March 24th, Day 100, Photographer Conor Buckley captures some timeless images for us

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This photo of Denis is one of our favourites

 

March 28th – 104 days and spirits are still high, dancing to Declan Ryan

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March 30th the workers are invited to watch World Champion Katie Talyor fight

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April 16th, Day 123,

As a mediation process is about to start we look at old photos and remember what this is all about, us workers who have given our lives to a company we love, fighting for what we believe just. Stay with us.

 

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