The Michael Davitt Museum opens in Straide, County Mayo.

The official opening of the Michael Davitt Museum was performed by Dr Sean McBride.

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

Michael Davitt was born on a small farm near Straide in 1846. Until now the only evidence of his 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 Michael Davitt's life and work including documents, photographs, letters, postcards and other items. The material has been collected from around the world and will provide information to those interested in the Land League and the Land War.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 May 1984. The reporter Jim Fahy.