Posts Tagged ‘Poet of the Blackbird’

Programme titled: ‘WHEN THE WAR IS OVER,’ (a phrase from ‘The Place’)

Centenary of death of Irish Poet Francis Ledwidge 

Friday 23 June at 7 pm on RTÉ Lyric FM Radio.


Hi all, just a quick reminder for your diaries, Claire Cunningham’s radio documentary produced to commemorate the life, poetry and death of Irish Poet Francis Ledwidge, and which I was honoured to have been asked to contribute toois due to be broadcast by RTE Lyric FM on Friday 23rd June 2017.

Francis Ledwidge Irish Poet killed in action WWI


This year marks the centenary of the death of the poet Francis Ledwidge. Known as the Poet of the Blackbird, he was born at Slane, Co. Meath. He served as a soldier in the British Army fighting in World War One and was killed at the third battle of Ypres on the 31 July 1917 just seventeen days before his thirtieth birthday. I know how much work has been put into the making of the programme and it promises to be a fantastic production, hopefully you can tune in wherever you are in the world.

Poet Michael J. Whelan at the grave of Francis Ledwidge- Artillary Wood Cemetery, Belgium


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