'Our dead enigmas' w/ Ronan McGreevy
Date: July 23, 2017
Venue: London Irish Centre
In July 1917 the poet and Irish nationalist Francis Ledwidge was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. Seamus Heaney called him "our dead enigma", a man who was both Irish patriot and British soldier. Why did so many Irish nationalists like Ledwidge sign up to fight in the First World War and why were they ignored for so long?
Ronan McGreevy is an Irish Times journalist and videographer. He is the author of Wherever the Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front which has been described as the "superlative and definitive account of Ireland in World War 1".
He is the editor of Was it for This? Reflections on the Easter Rising, and Centenary - Ireland Remember 1916, the official State book on the Easter Rising commemorations which took place in 2016. It will be published in the autumn.