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Michael Davitt was born in Straide, Co. Mayo on the eve of the Great Famine. His family were evicted and fled to England. Michael, himself found work in a cotton factory at age nine, at thirteen he lost his right arm in a work accident. The tragedy resulted in his getting an education. In his early twenties he became a major figure in the I.R.B. (The Fenians). Convicted of gun running he served a long sentence on hard labour.
On his release he became involved in Boycotting in county Mayo, and he become the leader of the land league. Davitt realised he had the possibility, in his hands, of breaking the hated landlord system but he needed the collaboration of the constitutional nationalists and the physical force men of the I.R.B. In bringing together the divergent groups and weaving them into a unitary strategy, Davitt changed the history of his country. He then went on to Poland, Russia, South Africa, India and Australia, becoming a great international ambassador for Reform. The drama also touches on his personal life.
Driector: Gerry Conneely
Producer: Riona Hughes
Sound Recording and Editing: Paula Healy
Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of ireland and broadcast on Midwest Radio.
Seamus O’Donnell: Michael Davitt
Eric Martyn: Martin Davitt (father) Matt Harris, Foley, Warder.
Neil Bairead: Charles Stewart Parnell, John Dean, Edmund Pyke,
Constable Cribbs and Warder.
Iggy Bowens: James Daly, John Devoy and Landlords Agent.
Niamh Kavanagh: Mary Davitt (sister) and Mary Yore (wife)
Jonathan Hannon: Judge Wiley, JJ louden.
Caithnia Haverty: Fiach
Riona Hughes: Catherine Davitt (Mother)
Gerry Conneely: Tom, George Poskitt, Sargent Ormsby.
Lynelle Colleran: Brigid Collins
Jenny Downey: 13 year old Davitt
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