‘POET OF THE BLACKBIRDS’ — THE LIFE AND DEATH OF FRANCIS LEDWIDGE

Time: 7pm

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017

Location: Richmond Barracks Gymnasium, Inchicore, Dublin 8

‘[I was] astonished by the brilliance of that eye and that had looked at the fields of Meath and seen there all the simple birds and flowers,with a vividness which made those pages like a magnifying glass, through which one looked at familiar things for the first time.’

So wrote Lord Dunsany, patron of the poet, Francis Ledwidge. How had this self-educated labourer, the eighth of nine children, who left school at 13, emerged as one of Ireland’s most notable war poets? What were the contradictions in the life of this trade unionist, Gaelic Leaguer and Irish Volunteer, who ended up joining the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and dying in theThird Battle of Ypres on 31 July 1917? To discuss these and related matters join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively round table discussion with Michael O’Flanagan, Eunan O’Halpin, Miriam Kilmurray, Robert Ballagh, and Liam O’Meara.

Supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

‘POET OF THE BLACKBIRDS’ — THE LIFE AND DEATH OF FRANCIS LEDWIDGE