The museum, which tells the story of the prominent Irish social justice activist and agrarian campaigner who founded the Irish National Land League, is housed in the magnificently restored pre-Penal Church that was used prior to the enactment of the 1690’s Penal Laws in Ireland.
Davitt was a social reformer, Member of Parliament, author, GAA Patron, Patron of Glasgow Celtic FC, labour leader and international humanitarian. He is Mayo’s most famous son and Ireland’s greatest Patriot. The building is a beautiful setting for the fascinating story of this huge character in Irish history, a close ally of Charles Stuart Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and campaigner for Home Rule.
The Michael Davitt Visitor Centre includes the beautiful surrounding grounds of Straide Abbey, where Michael Davitt himself is buried, overlooking the land upon which he was born. Together with free parking and a picnic area the museum provides an ideal destination for a great family day out in Mayo.
Michael Davitt Museum Visitor Information
Note: Visitors to the museum will receive a free pass to the Céide Fields Visitor Centre in North Mayo