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!
Family and Friends gather in the canteen after mass
The First Rally on January 2nd with over 600 people
January 11th – Jimmy Barry Murphy visits the factory
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
The convoy all ready at 6am
Former VC worker Martha Dennehy makes her voice heard at the Dail
The 2nd Cork Rally January 14th
Our favourite picture of the whole campaign
Crowds gather to listen to the speeches
February 2nd, a cold, windy day – one of many protests in Tipperary
Helen and Catherine take the fight for justice to Tipperary
February 9th Students from Kenmare Community College visit the factory
February 11th The Protest in Cork City – the biggest protest the Garda ever remember in Cork
Another favourite photo taken by Sarah O Leary
Despite the rain, 5000 people gathered to support the VC 32
February 16th Protesting at IBEC
Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott Gig in Support of the VC 32 February 17th
Jim on stage with Declan and Christy (taken by Richie Tyndall)
Christy chats to the workers after the gig
February 18th Paul McGrath, Spike O Sullivan and the Cork City FC team visit the factory
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
Some kids keep her lit at the vigil despite the cold
March 8th Gerry Adams visits the workers in the canteen
March 9th the workers are invited to attend Cork City FC’s opening match and get a standing ovation
March 24th, Day 100, Photographer Conor Buckley captures some timeless images for us
This photo of Denis is one of our favourites
March 28th – 104 days and spirits are still high, dancing to Declan Ryan
March 30th the workers are invited to watch World Champion Katie Talyor fight
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.