Looking for something different to add to my cultural photographic collection I paid a mid-morning visit to The Michael Davitt museum in Straide Co Mayo recently.
On a cold frosty November morning the Old penal church beside the 13th century Straid Friary looked inviting with the November sun shining on the trademark statue of the ‘’ father of the Irish Land League’’ Michael Davitt.
I was delighted to find this visitor attraction just re-opened with some of the finest historical exhibits connected to this famous Irish man born at the height of the Famine in 1846 in a nearby cottage.
The Old church building which now houses the museum is beautifully restored, with a peaceful atmosphere is in in tune with the artefacts on display including the original fireplace from Michael Davitts home, kindly donated by his relative. It’s amazing! One can relive the life of this man whose family was evicted from their cottage when he was four years old and forced to emigrate to Hesling Lancs in the UK.
Memorabilia of his trips to America, Australia, Africa and New Zealand circa 1881 onwards. Unique documents relating to Irish farmers regaining their land back is an unbelievable collection, and an inspiration to any visitor.
The staff are Courteous welcoming and willing to offer guided tours or answer any questions on the museum or the Friary adjacent to the Museum.
The restrooms are spotless and convenient to visitors of all ages. The well manicured lawns at the front of the Museum are ideal for that family picnic on a day out and the large car-park is Coach friendly.
Well worth a visit if you Holidaying or planning a School tour in Co Mayo. You will be amazed at this collection of Irish History especially the old photographs and documents.
The admission is reasonable or you can make a donation at your disscresion
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