Summer concert featuring Anúna

Richmond Barracks is delighted to announce an exclusive Summer concert featuring world renowned vocalists Anúna

On Sunday 30th July, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Richmond Barracks the atmospheric voices of world-renowned vocalists Anúna, curated by Artistic Director Michael McGlynn, explore themes of Francis Ledwidge’s poetry within a programme of music that spans one thousand years of literature and song and celebrates the natural world that was the touchstone of his inspiration.  This exclusive performance focuses on Ledwidge’s two beautiful texts “May” and “August”, and also his harrowing description of the death of a soldier immortalised in “A Soldier’s Grave”.  Ledwidge’s short life ended abruptly and tragically in 1917, but the resonance of his unique voice lingers on.

Speaking ahead of the event Éadaoin Ni Chléirigh, CEO Richmond Barracks, said “Having the Anúna concert here in Richmond Barracks, where the connection with Ledwidge is so strong makes it a particularly special and unique occasion. Ledwidge was barracked here at Richmond in 1915 for six months prior to going to Gallopli to fight in WW1. Two years later, on July 31st 1917, Ledwidge was killed at Ypres in Belgium. The concert will take place on the eve of the centenary of his death.”

Supporting Anúna will be award winning, composer and sean nós singer Lorcán Mac Mathúna whose work has been inspired by the words of the 1916 Rising leaders and Ledwidge’s iconic poem “Lament for Thomas Mac Donagh”.

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Notes to the Editor

Francis Ledwidge and his association with Richmond Barracks

After the outbreak of the First World War, in August 1914, the prominent Co. Meath landowner and writer Lord Dunsany joined the 5th Royal Inniskillings at Richmond Barracks as Captain.

  • Dunsany’s friend and protégé, poet Francis Ledwidge, soon followed in his footsteps.
  • During his time at Richmond Barracks, Ledwidge wrote many new poems and spent much of his time in the Recreation Rooms where he sometimes entertained his comrades with poetry readings.
  • The Inniskillings left Richmond Barracks in May 1915 for Basingstoke and Gallipoli. Two years later, on July 31st 1917, Ledwidge was killed at Ypres in Belgium.
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