A Celebratory Concert titled “Ledwidge; Soldier, Poet” reflecting Francis Ledwidge’s life and death as a soldier, through readings of his poetry and recitals of music inspired by his words, will take place on 20 July 2017.
Commencing at 1930hrs, the location of the concert is St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, the home of the Inniskillings Regimental Chapel, and will conclude across the street in St Michael’s Church.
Where possible, the performers will be Inniskillings, their descendants or young people from the local area. The concert will be in two parts; the first will review Ledwidge’s career as a soldier and the second will consider how his military service influenced his poetry. The narrator will introduce readings of Ledwidge’s poetry, recitals of musical settings of his work by Head and Gurney, musical settings of poetry which influenced him such as WB Yeats and Thomas Moore, and short talks about his military career.
The renowned actor and director Adrian Dunbar will draw the evening to a close by reading Seamus Heaney’s emotive poem ‘In Memoriam – Francis Ledwidge’
A Commemoration Ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, attended by the Doherty Family from Charlestown.
Later at 1400hrs, a graveside ceremony will take place in Temple Cemetery, Charlestown in memory of Patrick Charles Doherty, who died at the age of 20 during the Battle of Passschendaele. Castlebar, County Mayo.
The annual Interdenominational Service for the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police will be at the Church St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, Dublin 6W.
For several years, the HARP Society has been commemorating the over 500 members of the RIC and DMP who lost their lives in the turbulent years from 1916 to 1922.
Hosted by: Historical & Reconciliatory Police Society (HARP) Society
Unveiling of the Brennan – Farge Plaque by Mr Padraic O’Hara followed by a series of lectures: “Mayo and Ireland’s American Military History” by Commander Ron Howko, American Legion Ireland, “Ireland’s Role in UN Peacekeeping” by Commandant Stephan McEoin, DF Archives, “Mayo Peace Park & Assisting Reconciliation in Ireland” by Capt Donal Buckley (Retd), International Military Tour Guide, at Mayo Peace Park and Garden of Remembrance, Castlebar.