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Myles Dungan (RTÉ) & Nerys Williams (UCD): 'Poets of the black chair: Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn 1887-1917'

Francis Ledwidge is one of the most famous Irish casualties of the Great War, largely because of his reputation as a pastoral poet. He is often seen as Ireland's most famous 'war poet'. Yet he was not alone in this; and his life, work and experience is mirrored by one of his contemporaries. Buried a few metres from Ledwidge is another fallen soldier: Ellis Evans who wrote poetry in Welsh under the name Hedd Wynn and is celebrated in Wales. They died on the same day within a short distance of each other and are buried together. Both were rural poets, both died on the same day in 1917 and both are buried within yards of one another. This lecture will explore the similarities between their lives, works and deaths.

Myles Dungan is the presenter of The History Show on RTÉ Radio One, and the author of Irish voices from the Great War and How the Irish won the West. Nerys Williams is Assistant Professor of English in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.

All lectures start at 7pm and will be held in the Museum's Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11

Tickets for each lecture are €10 or book the full series of 6 for €50

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Museum Opening Times:

Monday to Sunday inc Bank Holidays

Daily Public Tours:

General History Tour 

September 2017

Mon - Friday

Daily at 11.30am & 2.30pm 

Sat & Sun

11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

October 2017 - End 2017

Daily at 11.30am & 2.30pm

Dead Interesting Tour
Daily at 1pm March - December 2017


Glasnevin Cemetery
Finglas Road
Dublin 11

Tel: +353 (0)1 882 6550 | Email: info@glasnevintrust.ie

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