Francis Ledwidge Museum
The museum is the cottage birthplace of World War I poet, Francis Ledwidge. It is a perfect example of a 19th century farm labourer's cottage and was purchased and restored by the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee in 1981. Dr Benedict Kiely opened it as a museum in June 1982.
It houses the poet's works and artefacts from World War I, alongside memorabilia of the period.
Its millennium exhibition portrays the poet's life in picture and text from his birth in the cottage to his death at the third battle of Ypres, Belgium, in July 1917.
The museum is run by a small but dedicated group of Ledwidge enthusiasts who take pride in the writing of the poet and the restoration and upkeep of his birthplace. The committee's mission is:
To promote an appreciation for the writings and poetry of Francis Ledwidge to as wide an audience as possible and to protect the name, birthplace and memory of Ledwidge for future generations.
The committee hopes that the continuous promotion of the writings of Ledwidge to as wide an audience as possible will:
Improve the overall standing of Ledwidge as a poet, locally, nationally and internationally.
To do this we would welcome as many people as possible to get involved. We are always seeking to recruit new committee members and the more diverse the skills, backgrounds and opinions are the better. To become a committee member, phone or e-mail the musum or to register as a Friend of Ledwidge please click here.
Francis Ledwidge Museum, Janeville, Slane, Co.meath, Ireland Tel: +353 41 9824544 www.francisledidge.com