Day lecture

THE poet Gerard Smyth will deliver the lecture at this years’ Ledwidge Day at Slane Castle on Sunday 31 July.

THE poet Gerard Smyth will deliver the lecture at this years’ Ledwidge Day at Slane Castle on Sunday 31 July.

The day celebrates the work of World War 1 poet Francis Ledwidge.

Mr Smyth’s talk is entitled: It must be lovely down in Wilkinstown. It will link Ledwidge’s love of the bog of Wilkinstown, Lizzie Healy and Gerard’s own roots in this rural Meath village.

Gerard spent much of his childhood and teen years there with his grandmother on the farm. He wrote his first poems there at age 17.

The event starts with a reception in the castle at 5.30 followed by a short talk on the history of Slane Castle. The main event will then take place in the Gothic Revival Ballroom. Frances Mulley, international poetry reader from Belfast will read and Bobby Forrest from Limavaddy county Derry will sing and recite some Ledwidge poems. Bobby gives a great rendition of the song ‘The Blackbird of Slane’ which he will sing on the day. From Drogheda, Michael Holohan, composer and Aosdána member, together with Miriam St Lawrence mezzo-soprano, will perform for the first time Michael’s composition of Lament for Thomas McDonagh. Classical Flautist Julie Maisel-Doyle will perform and poet Susan Connolly will read her poem on Francis Ledwidge. Traditional Irish music will be provided by a very talented group of musicians from north county Dublin.

IF you are interested in photography then why not enter a competition with a difference.

Ledwidge Through the Lens, is an amateur photography competition which runs for the month of July. You must submit a photographic image which captures the essence of a line of Ledwidge poetry.

Prizes - 200 euro, 100, and 55 heritage passes will be awarded to the top three entries and a prizegiving ceremony will be held as part of Heritage Week on Saturday 27 August at the Bru na Boinne centre. A selection of entries will be on display.

For terms and conditions please contact the Francis Ledwidge Museum at: 041-9824544.

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