s plans are being made to celebrate the anniversary of the birth in Straide of Land League founder, Michael Davitt, it is appropriate to take a look at the career of one of the West's most referred historical figures.
Michael Davitt was born in Straide on March 25th, 1846, the second of five children. When Michael was six years old, his parents, Martin and Sabina Davitt (nee Kielty), were evicted. Martin travelled to find work in England and settled down in Lancashire, while his wife and family, refusing shelter in the workhouse, were offered accommodation by the parish priest in Straide, Fr. John McHugh.