Explore the incredible story of Michael Davitt – Irish Patriot and International Activist
Award Winning Museum Building | Guided Tours | Straide Friary | Idyllic Location | Picnics | Walks
Located in the small rural village of Straide in county Mayo, just 10 minutes’ drive from the bustling county town of Castlebar lies the Michael Davitt Museum. A Patron of Celtic Football Club, a Fenian, a Land Agitator, an Author, a Journalist and an International Humanitarian, the collection reflects his diverse range of national and international achievements in an awe-inspiring tale of triumph over adversity.
Housed in the magnificently restored pre-penal church in which Davitt was baptised, the museum is adjacent to the 13th century Straide Friary. Davitt is now buried within the shadow of the church walls in his beloved hometown. A guided tour includes a visit to the Dominican Friary, a Norman structure which contains some of the finest medieval sculpture on the island of Ireland including 15th century carvings and beautifully preserved windows.