Michael Davitt
 

 

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Michael Davitt 1846-1906

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Born in Straide, County Mayo. His family were evicted when he was only four years old and they went to England. Davitt worked in the mills and lost an arm there when he was only eleven years old. He joined the Fenians in 1865 and became an arms (!) organiser for the IRB in England. In 1870, he was sent to jail for fifteen years for arms smuggling but was released after seven years. He founded the Land League in 1879 and spent more time in prison. He was twice elected to Westminster. His works include Leaves from a Prison Diary, The Boer Fight for Freedom and The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland. He died in Dublin from septic poisoning after having two teeth removed. He is buried in County Mayo. A grave was prepared in Dublin for him and his daughter is buried there.

 

Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book