Awards success for the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide - Visit North Mayo

The Michael Davitt Museum in Straide are celebrating awards success this week following a special awards ceremony in Kilkenny Castle. The museum received the Maintenance of Full Accreditation Award at The Heritage Council Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards.

The team representing the Michael Davitt Museum after receiving their award.
The Michael Davitt Museum team including Yvonne Corcoran-Loftus Curator of the Davitt Museum (second from left) receiving the accreditation award from Heritage Council CEO Virginia Teehan (third from left) and Heritage Council Member Sheila Pratschke (centre) at Kilkenny Castle 📸 Michael Davitt Museum Facebook page.

This is the only accreditation programme for museums in Ireland. The MSPI promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries. Accredited museums can have confidence they know how to look after their collections and understand the needs of their visitors.

Factors taken into account during the assessment process include how museums care for their collections and visitors as well as governance and management standards, and their education and exhibition programmes. 

urator Yvonne Corcoran Loftus receiving the award
Curator Yvonne Corcoran Loftus receiving the award from Heritage Council Member Sheila Pratschke at Kilkenny Castle 📸 Michael Davitt Museum Facebook page

The Michael Davitt Museum spokesperson described the award as being “a testament to the hard work of the museum’s management and staff in caring for collections, museum management, education, exhibition and visitor services”.

Manager of Mayo North Tourism, Mairéad Melody-Carr said “I would like take this opportunity to congratulate Yvonne and the entire team at the Michael Davitt Museum on this awards success. I wish them continued success in the weeks and months ahead.”

Additional opening hours in July

The Michael Davitt Museum are delighted to announce their extended opening hours for a two week spell. On each weekday evening from Monday July 17th until Friday July 28th, the facility will remain open to the public. Guided tours of the museum and adjoining Friary will be available on those evenings from 6pm until 9.30pm. Here you can explore the incredible story of Michael Davitt, a great Irish Patriot and a Global Social Reformer. Standard admission rates apply. This initiative is funded by ‘The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under The Night-Time Economy After Hours at the Museum scheme’.

New People and Places of North Mayo video

The timing of this award aligns well with the release of the Mayo North Tourism ‘People and Places of North Mayo’ video. Featuring the Michael Davitt Museum, this episode will be released Tuesday morning, 18th July at 9.30am. Featuring tour guide Mark Spragg, you will hear some fascinating facts about Davitt, and learn of his many international connections. Find out how Mahatma Gandhi attributed the origin of his own mass movement of peaceful resistance in India to Davitt and the Land League!

Davitt Museum and Céide Fields collaboration

Following a visit to the Michael Davitt Museum, you will receive a complimentary pass to The Céide Fields Visitor Centre. This wonderful collaboration will give you the opportunity to discover yet another amazing part of our Irish history.

Book your Michael Davitt Museum visit

Contact the Michael Davitt Museum on 094 9031942 Email [email protected] or book online on

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