Davitt Place, Swinford

Davitt Place, Swinford

The street sign at Davitt Place, Swinford, looking down towards the ‘Home of Sport’ Public Bench. The street is named after Michael Davitt, the son of a peasant farmer who was born nearby. Davitt joined the Fenian’s, a secret militant nationalist organisation at a young age, but later became a constitutional Irish nationalist, agrarian agitator, social campaigner, labour leader, Home Rule politician and member of Parliament.

Davitt hated Landlordism and founded the Irish National Land League which undertook a campaign of ostracism against landlords, most famously Captain Boycott. The concerted action taken against him meant that Boycott was unable to hire anyone to harvest the crops in his charge. Eventually 50 Orangemen from Cavan and Monaghan volunteered to do the work. They were escorted to and from Claremorris by one thousand policemen and soldiers, despite the fact that the local Land League leaders had said that there would be no violence from them, and in fact no violence materialized. This protection ended up costing far more than the harvest was worth. After the harvest, the "boycott" was successfully continued. Within weeks Boycott’s name was everywhere. It was used by The Times in November 1880 as a term for organized isolation and is still used today. Mahatma Ghandhi claimed his campaigns of civil disobedience were strongly influenced by the tactics of Irish Landland League and Michael Davitt.

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Posted by Yellabelly* on 2012-09-10 06:06:58

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