A ceremony has taken place at the Ledwidge Museum outside Slane to mark the 105th anniversary of the death of the famous Co. Meath poet.

The man known as the “poet of the blackbirds” was killed along with several of his comrades in the British Army during the First World War on July 31st, 1917.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the museum at Francis Ledwidge’s childhood home at Janeville just outside Slane Village.


The chairperson of the Ledwidge Museum Committee, Terry Wogan told those in attendance yesterday that he was struck on these occasions by the contrast of the peace and tranquillity of the museum garden with the terror and tumult of the battlefields of First World War, where the poet paid the ultimate sacrifice when he died during the battle of Ypres.

The honorary president of the committee, Jimmy McComeskey then laid a commemorative wreath at the monument in memory of the poet in the museum garden.

A minute’s silence was also observed to remember Francis Ledwidge and all those who lost their lives in the first World War.