The official opening Michael Davitt Museum has taken place in Straide, Co. Mayo. The opening ceremony was performed by Dr Sean McBride.

It is here that a worldwide collection of historical material relating to his life is to be housed.

Davitt was born on a small farm near Straide in 1846. Until now the only evidence of Davitt's connection with the town has been a small roadside plaque and the lounge of a local pub, which was named after him. The new museum will house a collection of artefacts and ephemera relating to Davitt's life and work including documents, photographs, letters, postcards and other items connected with his life. The material in the collection has been collected from around the world and is a treasure trove for those interested in the Land League and the Land War.

The museum was built at a cost of £100,000 and was built on the back of efforts of a group of community leaders hoping to highlight the importance Davitt's life and work.


RTÉ News reporter Jim Fahy reports from the Straide, Co. Mayo on 29 May 1984.