On this day in 1917 poet Francis Ledwidge was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele. Born in County Meath in 1887, he was known as the “poet of the blackbirds”.

At the West Cork History Festival last year, Ambassador Dan Mulhall gave a fascinating talk about Ledwidge and fellow poet Æ (George William Russell). You can hear the talk here:

2017 Playback

 

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