Fermanagh Writers is participating in the centenary celebrations for Irish poet, Francis Ledwidge in Enniskillen on 20th July. In preparation for the event members of our group visited the cottage where he was born and raised outside Slane on Monday.The cottage is now a museum dedicated to the poet.

A view from the kitchen into Francis’s boyhood bedroom.
Pauric Dolan playing in a tune in the kitchen beside the dresser.











After our visit to the museum we stopped into the Connyngham Hotel where Ledwidge spent many hours with his friends before he enlisted in the British army during the First World War.

Jenny Brien with museum committee member, Colm Yore.
At the Connyngham Hotel











After lunch we spent the afternoon with one of the Ledwidge Museum committee members, Colm Yore, who told us a bit more about Ledwidge’s life.

Christina Campbell and Jenny Brien with Colm Yore (right)


Fermanagh Writers members with Colm Yore (second from left)

Our last stop before we headed home was Slane Abbey where we visited the grave of Ledwidge’s childhood sweetheart.

In the grounds of Slane Abbey