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AN evening cel­e­brat­ing Fran­cis Ledwidge’s Cen­te­nary 1917-2017 is tak­ing place on Satur­day Septem­ber 23 in the Droic­head Arts Cen­tre, Stock­well St, Drogheda.

It will be an evening of Po­etry, Mu­sic, Film and His­tory, fea­tur­ing com­poser Michael Holo­han, poet Su­san Con­nolly and guests.

It will be the Drogheda launch of Su­san’s new se­quence of po­ems about Fran­cis Ledwidge, The Or­chard Keeper (Shears­man Books UK, 2017). The ti­tle of the se­quence refers to the McGoona fam­ily’s or­chard at Don­agh­more, Na­van, Co. Meath where Fran­cis Ledwidge spent many a happy day with his close friend Matty McGoona vi­o­lin­ist and nat­u­ral­ist.

The Hills are Cry­ing is a new song cy­cle by the com­poser Michael Holo­han and in­cludes set­tings of po­ems by Fran­cis Ledwidge. Fea­tur­ing the so­prano from Drogheda Han­nah O’Brien, Re­becca Draisey-Col­lishaw oboe/cor anglais and Michael Holo­han pi­ano.

Dur­ing the first half of the evening Rose­mary Yore, Chair of the Fran­cis Ledwidge Mu­seum and the Cen­te­nary Com­mit­tee, will speak about the poet, Slane and the Cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

A rare archival film on the life and work of Fran­cis Ledwidge will also be shown.

Af­ter the in­ter­val Liam O’Meara, poet, au­thor of Fran­cis Ledwidge: Poet Ac­tivist Sol­dier, edi­tor of The Best of Fran­cis Ledwidge and Fran­cis Ledwidge The Com­plete Po­ems and co-founder of the Inchicore Ledwidge So­ci­ety will speak about Ledwidge’s con­nec­tions with Dublin. He will also launch Su­san Con­nolly’s po­ems. This event is sup­ported by the Arts Of­fices of Meath and Cre­ate Louth, The Fran­cis Ledwidge 100, The Fran­cis Ledwidge Mu­seum and The Droic­head Arts Cen­tre.

The event starts at 8pm and tick­ets are €12/10 from the cen­tre.

Meath Vin­tage

MEATH Vin­tage Group wishes to thank all who sup­ported the re­cent plough­ing and fam­ily fun day at Town­ley Hall on Sun­day 27 th Au­gust. The landowner, cat­tle owner, all spon­sors, fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours for their great sup­port, with­out this great sup­port the day would in­deed be dis­mal.

Slane par­ish thanks

SLANE and Monknew­town Par­ish Pas­toral Coun­cil wish to sin­cerely thank every­one who con­trib­uted to the pre­sen­ta­tion event to Fr Joe Dee­gan, held in Slane. Fr. Joe had been Par­ish Priest in Slane and Monknew­town for the past 15 years and will be greatly missed. He leaves the par­ish to be­gin work with the Colum­ban Mis­sion­ar­ies in China.

Nina, Sea­mus and Fiona Smyth at the the John­ston Folk Fes­ti­val in Slane.

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