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Local history project by pupils of St. Patrick's B.N.S, Castlebar

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            Our visit to Straide Abbey and Davitt Museum


Today at 9:45 we went upon a bus to Straide. When we arrived at the museum at Straide at 10:05. We entered the museum and we saw pictures and scripts of Michael Davitt.

The lady began to speak about him. When he was 4 years old he was evicted by Landlord Knox. The parish priest took them into his house in 1850.

His Parents names were Martin and Catherine. Michael Davitt went to a workhouse in Lancashire in England. Parents and children were separated , Michael was sent to work in a cotton mills at the age of 11. In 1858 he lost his arm in the cotton mills at the age of thirteen.

He later joined the Irish Republic Brotherhood in 1865. In 1870 he was arrested and sent to prison .


We were going to Straide at 9:45 a.m. Mr. Sweeney had came along with us. Teacher had separated us into two groups. The women had told us all about Michael Davitt. He was born in 1846. He was evicted from his home, with his Mam and Dad when he was only 4 years old. Michael started working in the cotton- mill when he was only 12 years old. That's where he lost his arm.
Inside the museum we saw lots of pictures of Michael Davitt. We saw he's face on the callcard and the stamp as well. We had seen other pictures of houses 100 years ago. We also saw the stand that he stood up in and defended for all of us now. Michael had joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood. A few weeks later he was sent to prison when he was 25 years old in 1870.
After 8 years Michael got out of prison. Michael went to America to talk about the Land League and to raise funds.

We got on the bus at ten o'clock. We were split into two groups a and b. I was in group A, the first place we went to was a hall with lots of information on Michael Davitt. He was born in 1846 his fathers name was Martin and mothers name was Catherine. They were evicted when he was four.

The family decided to move to England where Michael started to work in the cotton mills. He lost his arm in a freak accident.


He joined the IRB, a few weeks later he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, he served 7 years of that. After that he joined the Landleague, the first place he spoke at was at Daly's hotel in Castlebar.

He got married in America to an American women and they had five children, Kathleen who died at the age of seven, Eileen(1892-1974),Robert Emmet, Davitt(1889-1981) and Cahir(1894-1987).

They emigrated to America where his mother died and was buried. His father brought the family to Australia where his father died and was buried.



We went to the Michael Davit Museum in Straide Co. Mayo. We saw lots and lots of pictures on the walls. We saw a very large rifle and books he wrote. Then he moved on to his grave was really big and it stuck out then we moved on to the abbey .

There was an under ground tunnel and lots of graves . The tour woman told us that he went to work in a mill when he was 12 but he lost his arm when he was 13 .

In 1865, he became a part of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He went to prison in 1878 and when he got out, he went to America.


We went to the Michael Davitt museum in Straide . Michael Davitt was born in 1846 in Straide in Foxford. When he was four he and his family were evicted and Micheal and his family had no where to go. When he was eleven him and his family went to England. Michael had to work in a cotton mill and while he was in the mill he got his arm cut off and when he was older he went back to Ireland and when he was in his twenties he joined the IRB the Irish Republic Brotherhood.

One day he spoke and he got arrested and he had to go to court and he got 15 years in prison but he only did 7. When he got out of prison he went back to Ireland. He was on probation so he could not speak at public meetings and a while after that he went to America and he met a girl called Catherine they got married and they had five children. When we were at the Micheal Davitt museum and we saw the Enfield rifle which he used.

This is a photo we took of the Micheal Davitt museum in Straide. It used to be the church until the new one was built higher up on the hill in the village. Some local people decided to do it up as a museum about fifteen years ago.

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