Francis Ledwidge. Photograph: Getty Images
A Soldier’s Grave

Then in the lull of midnight, gentle arms Lifted him slowly down the slopes of death Lest he should hear again the mad alarms Of battle, dying moans, (...)

Irish writer  Francis Ledwidge, pictured around 1915. An event will take place in Brussels today to commemorate both  Ledwidge and Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. The two poets never met, but they were both killed during the first World War on July 31st, 1917. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Heads of state from across the world, including President Michael D Higgins, gather in the Belgian town of Liège this Monday to mark the centenary (...)

Last Letter
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  • July 26, 2014, 01:23

A last letter I write on the backs of places you were homesick for: Crewbawn, Crocknaharna, Currabwee while you laid a road for an assault,(...)

 Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917).  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Great War and Irish poets

As January 1914 dawned, Europe had experienced 100 years of comparative peace since the Battle of Waterloo. During that time, technological developmen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visiting the grave of Irish MP Willie Redmond who died in the first World War. Photograph: PA Wire

A downpour at dawn cleared as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron paid a solemn visit to the sparse, bloodied Flanders lands(...)