Haslingden Davitt IDL Club: The Land League

Member of Irish in Britain and Irish Democratic League of Great Britain

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Haslingden Davitt IDL Club: The Land League

Member of Irish in Britain and Irish Democratic League of Great Britain

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Haslingden Davitt IDL Club: The Land League

Member of Irish in Britain and Irish Democratic League of Great Britain

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Haslingden Davitt IDL Club: The Land League

Member of Irish in Britain and Irish Democratic League of Great Britain

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Birth of Michael Davitt – 175 Years ago Today

Today we pause for a moment to commemorate the birth of Michael Davitt. This child of the ‘Great Hunger’ was born in Straide, County Mayo, 175 years ago, on the 25th of March 1846.

The Davitt family suffered the trauma and humiliation of eviction, thus compelling them to start a new life in the town of Haslingden in Lancashire.
Unfortunately, throughout his life, Davitt would be no stranger to adversity.
He worked as a child labourer in a textile mill. A factory accident resulted in him having his right arm amputated.

In normal circumstances, such a disability was likely to mean marginalisation and poverty. However thanks to the support of a philanthropic manufacturer, John Dean, Michael was able to avail of an education at a Wesleyan school.

Those formative experiences were to prove very instructive for the young Davitt and formed the basis of his work thereafter.

  • The importance of a fair system of land tenure
  • Free education for the disadvantaged.
  • The political and social emancipation of the working classes and those on the periphery.
  • The desirability of an Irish Republic consisting of people co-existing equally and peacefully.

While Davitt made an integral contribution to the shaping of a modern Ireland, he addressed and dealt with issues in a global context.

His peaceful agrarian revolution influenced the great Indian nationalist Mahatma Gandhi.

Many of his ideas on land and labour were adopted by his associate Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first President of China.

He discussed international issues with President Theodore Roosevelt.
Davitt also travelled to Russia on two occasions to interview the author Leo Tolstoy.
He wrote extensively on matters relating to the Aborigines, Maoris and Jews.
He campaigned tirelessly on national and international issues of liberty and social justice until his untimely death in 1906.

May he Rest in Peace.

Member’s Notice

We are obliged to remain closed during the current lockdown and apologise to all our members and friends. Behind the scenes, your Committee is still conducting necessary business in order to have all systems in place for reopening when conditions allow; regular online meetings and communications are taking place with our partners at Irish in Britain, the IDL, and our contacts at the Irish Embassy and the Davitt Museum in Straide. We will try to provide further information as it comes in via this website and various social media. Best wishes to all and please keep safe.

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