Dermot Bolger: Walking the Road

By: Brn

A phantasmagoria on the life of poet Francis Ledwidge, Walking the Road is a memorable and emotional play by Dermot Bolger, author of Martha’s Streets. Having gown up in Ledwidge’s home county of Meath, Ireland and having visited his workplace Dunsany Castle daily for years with my milkman father, I have always felt a strong connection to the Irish poet. Bolger’s play reflects the harshness of life for the Irish working poor of a century ago, and the massive conflict felt by and about Irish Nationalists fighting in British army regiments. The scene in which Ledwidge’s fellow Irish soldiers announce their names and hometowns gave me chills and haunts me weeks after listening. You can hear it at RTE and another of Ledwidge’s greatest works at Librivox.