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 Fields, was 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."
CD of Ledwidge Poems now for sale
Francis Ledwidge aged 25 in 1913
Francis Ledwidge Museum today
The Poet's home in 1912
Next event: "He Shall Not Hear The Bittern Cry" Reconciliation Conference in the Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane on Saturday 21st May 2016.
Hi everyone, Next year 2017, is the centenary of the death of WWI poet Francis Ledwidge. The committee are organising a number of events to commemorate the centenary. The committee have campaigned to have a commemorate stamp struck to honour Francis Ledwidge on the centenary of his death and it has been confirmed that this stamp will now be issued. The committee felt it was fitting that Francis Ledwidge should be honoured in a special way on the 100th anniversary of his death on 31st July 2017 and they have organised a trip to his final resting place in Artillery Wood Cemetery to mark this historic occasion. This is a four day trip; 29th July to 1st August 2017 and will include a visit to the Somme Battlefields, Flanders Battlefields, Menin Gate, Ledwidge grave and memorial etc. There will be a wreath laying ceremony with prayers and poetry readings at the grave of Francis Ledwidge on 31st July. There will be a some Welsh people there in Artillery Wood Cemetery on the same day commemorating the centenary of the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn who was killed on the same day as Ledwidge and is buried not far from Francis in the same cemetery. Details of trip are attached. Should you wish to travel on this unique and historic trip to honour Ledwidge, you need to book and pay deposit of €250 before Friday the 22nd April 2016. To book call 018434734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The reason for the early booking is because accommodation in the centre of Ieper will be at a premium next year and is already booking out as 31st July is also the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Third battle of Ypres. This is a once in a lifetime trip…… Ni bheidh a leithead aris. See below for details on trip
Opening times for museum
10 am until 3.30 pm 7 days up to March 27th and 10 am to 5 pm 7 days until December 2016
Francis Ledwidge Museum, Janeville, Slane ,Co.Meath, Ireland. Tel: +353 41 9824544 www.francisledwidge.com