A commemoration ceremony took place this afternoon at the childhood home of the “poet of the blackbirds, Francis Ledwidge just outside Slane village”

A renewed fundraising appeal has been made to preserve the family home of Francis Ledwidge on what is the 104th anniversary of the death of the famous poet.

The Chairperson of the Ledwidge Museum Committee says more money is needed to help combat dampness and other problems affecting Ledwidge’s childhood home at Janeville just outside Slane Village.

Terry Wogan told a commemoration ceremony this afternoon that it had been a difficult year for the museum given Covid-19 restrictions but they were glad to be up and running again.

A wreath in memory of the “poet of the blackbirds” was laid at the grounds of the Ledwidge House and a minute’s silence was observed.

A wreath in memory of the “poet of the blackbirds” was laid at the grounds of the Ledwidge House and a minute’s silence was observed.

The link below is to Duleek ballad group The Village Folk singing the Ledwidge tribute, The Blackbird Of Slane