Michael Davitt Museum and Laying a Wreath on his Grave
Ecumenical service at Ballintubber Abbey
1100: Mount Falcon, Ballina and the Atlantic coast at Ross Strand, Killala
1300: Visit to Michael Davitt Museum and Laying of Wreath on Grave of Michael Davitt
Michael Davitt was the son of a Mayo family who were impoverished by the circumstances in which they were forced to live. The family were evicted and forced to emigrate to Britain, where he later lost an arm in an industrial accident. He returned to Ireland and founded and led the Irish Land League, a movement of Irish farmers who struggled to win back control of their own land through agitation, peaceful resistance and peaceful politics. The League invented a tactic of boycott, so-called after it was first applied against the land agent of Lord Erne a British landed peer. The land agent was Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott.
(With thanks to Seham Musallam who recorded the prayers and made them available to Sadaka)
1500: Ecumenical service at the 800-year old Ballintubber Abbey
The Church leaders participated in a service using a liturgy developed especially for the occasion. The service was recorded by RTE for broadcasting on St Stephen’s Day on RTE Radio.