Killaloe March Ennis Brass Band
Green Fields Of France Eric Bogle Sung by Bernie McNelis
Lament on uilleann pipes Frank Whelan
Reading Micah 4
All People That on Earth Do Dwell Organ Cormac McGuinness
My Youngest Son Came Home Today Billy Bragg sung by
Last Post Clodagh Power
Wearing of the Geen Ennis Brass Band
|Limerick Legion member|
In our relatively peaceful age, war and it's effects are far outside the range of experience of my generation. MC Dr. Joe Power deputising for (Peadar McNamara) spoke about the effect of the war on family members and gave a sense of perspective of the impact of the war on the county. While giving the number of war victims as circa 4000, Joe also made the chilling point that for every dead soldier, there were four who returned transformed by their injuries. The rolling register of the war dead was displayed on a screen to uilleann pipe accompaniment and included an Arthur Considine from Clarecastle and Nurse Delia Davoreen from Clare.
Distinguished author and broadcaster, John Quinn evoked very vivid images of a homesick poet and war victim, Francis Ledwidge both as an ordinary young boy and man but also an extraordinary one. Extraordinary indeed to think of the young poet receiving a package containing his first published book of poetry amid the chaos of the war front. John quoted from the poet's work and letters home and also Seamus Heaney' Elegy to Ledwidge. He drew a parallel with another broadcaster the late Cathal O Shannon who went to join the RAF at a young age .
Quinn’s acclaimed documentary on Francis Ledwidge, ‘The Helpless Child of Circumstance’, was broadcast in 1987 to mark the centenary of the poet’s birth.
I caught up with John following the service and you can hear one of the most distinctive voices in Irish broadcasting in this recording.
The service was a fitting memorial for the thousands of Clare volunteers who perished or who were damaged on European battlefields.
Above the wailing of the rain.