Thursday 17 August 2017

Centenary homecoming for a poet who never made it back alive

A series of events this summer will spread the word on war poet Francis Ledwidge's vital legacy

Francis Ledwidge: A poet whose life was cut short
Francis Ledwidge: A poet whose life was cut short
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

In 1979, the tiny labourer's cottage in Slane, Co Meath, where poet Francis Ledwidge was born and raised, was bought by a local committee.

If it hadn't been, there would probably be no trace of him now in his native village, and his only legacy would be his poems. Which would be no mean feat.

But as the centenary of his death, on July 31, 1917, draws near, Ledwidge is to be remembered in a much more tangible manner with events culminating in a week-long festival (June 22 to July 2), which will include an official State ceremony on June 24.

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