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Francis Ledwidge Museum

  • Opening Hours
  • Open All Year

    Summer Period - 10th March – 27th October

    The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm

    Winter Period - 28th Oct – 9th March

    The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 3.30pm

     

    Christmas opening times have not been decided yet, check website for up to date opening times.

    Tours can be booked in advance and there are special rates for schools and teachers.

  • Admission Costs
  • Adult € 3.00 Senior / Students € 3.00

    Child € 1.00 Family € 6.50

    Coach Tours € 2.00 per person

    Coach Tours

    It is advisable that coach tours contact the museum in advance.

  • Directions
  • By car:

    The Francis Ledwidge Museum is located in Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath. Travel on the M2 from Dublin to Slane. The museum can be found on Janeville Street.

  • Francis Ledwidge Museum Janeville,Slane,Co. Meath C15DK82

  • Region: Slane ,
  • Slane
  • +353 (0)41 9824544
  • info@francisledwidge.com
  • http://www.francisledwidge.com
  • Facebook

Introduction to Francis Ledwidge

The poet Francis Ledwidge was born in Slane on 19th August 1887. Francis was the eight of nine children born to Patrick and Anne Ledwidge at Janeville just outside the village of Slane . From the age of fourteen his works were published in his local newspaper, the Drogheda Independent reflecting his passion for the Boyne Valley. While working as a road labourer he won the patronage of the writer, Lord Dunsany, after he wrote to him in 1912, enclosing copybooks of his early work. Dunsany, a man of letters already well known in Dublin and London literary and dramatic circles, and whose own start in publishing had been with a few poems, promoted him in Dublin and introduced him to W.B. Yeats with whom he became acquainted.

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The Francis Ledwidge 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.

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Fact

That Francis Ledwidge is somethimes known as the "poet of the blackbirds" relating to a poignant elegie ‘To One Dead` written for his lost love Ellie.

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Telephone
+353 (0)41 9824544
Email Address
info@francisledwidge.com
Address

Francis Ledwidge Museum Janeville,Slane,Co. Meath C15DK82

Directions

By car:

The Francis Ledwidge Museum is located in Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath. Travel on the M2 from Dublin to Slane. The museum can be found on Janeville Street.

Opening Hours

Open All Year

Summer Period - 10th March – 27th October

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Winter Period - 28th Oct – 9th March

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 3.30pm

 

Christmas opening times have not been decided yet, check website for up to date opening times.

Tours can be booked in advance and there are special rates for schools and teachers.

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FrancisLedwidgeMuseum
Admission Costs

Adult € 3.00 Senior / Students € 3.00

Child € 1.00 Family € 6.50

Coach Tours € 2.00 per person

Coach Tours

It is advisable that coach tours contact the museum in advance.

Latitude
53.7067
Longitude
-6.52803
Region
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GPS: 53.7067, -6.52803

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