The Francis Ledwidge Museum in Slane is the cottage birthplace of WWI poet-soldier, Francis Ledwidge. Sometimes known as ‘poet of blackbird’, Ledwidge’s rural poetry was inspired by the flora and fauna of Meath before he was killed in action in 1917.
Ledwidge’s cottage a perfect example of a 19th century farm labourer’s home and houses the poet’s works and artefacts from World War I, alongside memorabilia of the period.
The garden to the rear of the museum is a haven of tranquillity. In springtime it radiates with colour from daffodils, bluebells and primroses. The roses are a delight in summer along with all the other cottage garden flowers.
“The hedges are all drowned in green grass seas,
And bobbing poppies flare like Elmo’s light”.
‘June’ by Francis Ledwidge.
March to October, Mon-Sun, 10am – 5pm
October to March, Mon-Sun, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee: €4.00 Adults, €3 Seniors and Students, €8.50 Family
Telephone: 041 982 4544
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Address: Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath.