About The Francis Ledwidge Museum  

This website is dedicated to the Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, known as the Poet of the Blackbird, who served as a soldier in the British Army fighting in World War 1 and was killed at the third battle of Ypres on the 31 July 1917 just seventeen days before his thirtieth birthday.

The site gives information on the life of the poet, his birthplace Slane, and the Francis Ledwidge Museum.

His first volume of fifty poems, Songs of the Fieldswas published while he was still a serving soldier with the British Army in 1915. Three months after his death in 1917 his second volume of poems appeared, Songs of Peace, and thirty three more poems under the title, Last Songs, came out in 1918.

His Complete Poems, numbering 122,were published a year later, in 1919.

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany, his patron and friend, was mainly responsible for the collection of these poems and all four volumes were published by Herbert Jenkins, London.

Poems have been found in various newspaper, periodicals etc and there are now more than 200 poems published to date.

We have an online bookshop where various publications on the poet can be purchased including his Complete Poems edited by Alice Curtayne.

Today he is remembered for his verse which is gathering a larger and ever increasing audience. The cottage where he was born is now the Francis Ledwidge Museum with original letters, poems and memorabilia on display. View his life story displayed on wall panels or wander around the beautiful and tranquil garden with its flowers and wild life.

After his untimely death in July 1917, a contemporary poet, John Drinkwater observed;

"His poetry exults me,while not so his death.....to those who know what poetry is,the untimely death of a man like Ledwidge is nothing but calamity." 

 Francis Ledwidge aged 25 in 1913

Francis Ledwidge Museum today 

Click here for latest video of commemoration at Artillery Wood in Belgium.

All books, CD's are for sale on our Online Bookshop available through your PayPal account 

Next event

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland SLANE

Saturday 10th November at 7:30 sharp

 

Featuring 

A performance of a selection of poems by

First World War poets

Includes poems by:   Francis Ledwidge & John McCrae 

 

 Read by Mayo-based poets

Anni Wilton-Jones and Mike Byrne              

 

 

11 November 2018 Armistice Day marks the centenary of the end of WWI. We will remember the sacrifice made by all those you fought in this terrible conflict

Violin :Anna Tully,SLANE.  




March Away My Brothers

Written and performed by Brendan MacQuaile.


‘March Away My Brothers’ is a one man show taken from the Book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young Lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration.




Tickets available  from The Hub Slane. 

Enquiries: Brian McIvor 087 250 4562. 

 

 

Admission Prices to Museum

Adults...………………€3

Students & Seniors €2

Family...…………….. €6

Children under 12...€1

Bus groups...………..€2 per person                                          

Summer opening times for museum

We are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day