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A celebration of Michael Davitt, one of Ireland’s greatest patriots

Join us at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery as we celebrate Michael Davitt (1846 - 1906), one of Ireland’s greatest patriots on Saint Patrick’s Day weekend 2024.

Michael Davitt had a ‘lived experience’ that few could endure but it gave him a natural empathy with the poor and downtrodden. Evicted from his tiny homestead in Ireland during ‘The Great Hunger’, he and his family travelled to Lancashire where he was forced into child labour in the Lancashire textile mills resulting in the loss of an arm. Davitt’s time as a millworker gave him a unique insight into the plight of the British labouring classes while his subsequent non-denominational education with the Lancashire Methodists made him realise that the working classes must always stick together and not let the elite divide them in terms of religion or nationality. He served a long prison sentence in the bleakness of Dartmoor for his revolutionary activities, which would have broken a lesser man than Davitt. This man, despite his disability, crossed the prison yard day in, day out harnessed to a cart full of stone and eventually emerged years later unbroken and energised.

His later years were spent traversing the globe, calling out injustice and encouraging indigenous independence movements. He also became a patron of both the GAA and Glasgow Celtic football club, an organisation founded on charitable principles. He authored 6 books, edited a socialist newspaper and spent several years as a Member of Parliament. Davitt fought relentlessly and his efforts positively impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide.

The schedule for the weekend is:

  • Dates
    Saturday 16th March 2024 – Sunday 17th March 2024

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Additional notes:

 

  • Recommended age group is for guidance only if you have any questions on suitability please speak to one of our team members or email info@thewhitaker.org
  • All activities are fully inclusive, please contact our team on info@thewhitaker.org if you have any specific questions on accessibility
  • Unless otherwise stated, for family workshops you only need to book a ticket for each child attending. Accompanying adult is free
  • Activities can be booked via our website or by visiting our Welcome Desk
  • Whilst some activities are offered free due to our current funding from ACE and HLF, we have introduced ‘pay what you can’ for some events with a suggested donation. We appreciate donations to ensure we can keep activities running in the future
  • Our events cancellation policy can be accessed here.

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Thursday 6th June 2024

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Saturday 8th June 2024

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Heritage Walks: The Whitehead family

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Films at The Whitaker

Film Night – Opera – Falstaff

Thursday 20th June 2024

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Saturday 22nd June 2024

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Thursday 11th July 2024

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Sunday 14th July 2024

Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Artist talks & Workshops

Heritage Walks: Michael Davitt

Sunday 14th July 2024

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