Ledwidge, Joseph James (‘Jack’) (1877–1953), Gaelic footballer, soccer international, and cricketer, was born 8 June 1877 at 21 Arran Quay, Dublin, son of Joseph Ledwidge, butcher, and Elizabeth Ledwidge (née Trulock). A versatile and talented sportsman, he initially made his mark in Gaelic football, playing on the Geraldines’ selection that won two All-Ireland football titles for Dublin in the 1898 and 1899 finals (played 1900 and 1901), beating Waterford (Erin's Hope) by 2–8 to 0–4 in the former and Cork (Fermoy) 1–10 to 0–6 in the latter. He also played in the 1896 final (played in 1898) for the New Ireland club, when they lost by a single point to Commercials of Limerick. An aggressive and skilful forward, he scored Dublin's first goal in the 1898 final win and the first point in their 1899 final triumph. He was also an accomplished soccer player, playing as a half-back with Shelbourne (1902–9). In 1906 he became the first man to win both an All-Ireland and an IFA Cup winner's medal when Shelbourne defeated Belfast Celtic 2–0. That same year he won two long-overdue international caps for Ireland, playing at half-back in games against Scotland (0–1) in Dublin and against Wales in Wrexham (4–4). These games made him only the second footballer to win both an All-Ireland medal and an international soccer cap, after Tottenham's John Kirwan (qv) won an All-Ireland medal with Dublin in 1894, when they were awarded the title. He also won an Irish League cap in a game against the (English) Football League (0–4) in October 1905. Ledwidge later went on to play soccer for St James's Gate.
In addition to his soccer and Gaelic football achievements, he was also an excellent cricketer, playing for many years with Clontarf CC as a left-handed medium-fast bowler and as an impressive slip fielder. Ledwidge worked as a civil servant with the ordnance survey and subsequently the land commission until his retirement. He died 19 January 1953 at his Dolphin's Barn home and is buried in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin.
Ledwidge married (1910) Mary Owens (d. 1951), maid, of Margaret Place, Dublin; they had at least two sons.