Michael A Hargadon 1888-1968

Michael A. Hargadon was born in Calry, County Sligo, Ireland, on 20th February 1888 and received his early education at Calry National School and the Marist Schools in Sligo. Following a commercial course at Skerry’s College, Dublin, he worked as a journalist for seven years with two Irish newspapers – the Kilkenny People and the Carlow Nationalist. He was also an accomplished athlete (high jump and high hurdles) and competed against the best in Ireland. Inspired by the beauty of his native parish and county, he had published three collections of poems: A Wreath of SongTwo Churchyard Yews and the critically acclaimed A Lovely Home, before emigrating to Canada in 1915.

He continued his writing career in Canada, where he worked as a journalist for the Montreal Daily Star. Towards the end of 1915 a campaign was launched in Canada to aid the families of soldiers who had gone to fight against Germany in World War I. Michael wrote an inspirational poem entitled To Those They Left Behind to solicit help from the public for this worthy cause. The poem was published widely in Canada and so successful was the venture that a fund of a few million dollars was subscribed to within a short time and his name became well known across Canada.