Events are taking place today at the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. who led the campaign for India's independence from British rule.

Members of the Children's Land  League branch from Straide National School are visiting the museum this lunchtime to raise the Indian flag to commemorate the anniversary.

This evening, a tree-planting ceremony will take place, followed by the first in a series of commemorative lectures.

Best-selling author and journalist Don Mullan will deliver a lecture entitled "Following Mahatma Gandhi - Why I Chose the Path of Non-Violence" at 7pm this evening at the Michael Davitt Museum.

Taoiseach Leo Varadker has issued a statement of support for the year-long series of events to mark the 150th anniversary Gandhi's birth - who he described as " a statesman whose commitment to peace and non-violence continues to be a source of inspiration around the world".

Gandhi himself attributed his use of non-violent resistance in part to his admiration of the Land League and its founder Michael Davitt.

The Taoiseach points out that, 25 years ago, his grandson Arun Gandhi laid a weather on Michael Davitt's grave in mayo, and unveiled the Davitt/ Gandhi Famine Memorial on the grounds of the former workhouse in Swinford where Michael Davitt and his family once lived.

On this special day for India, Mr Varadker says we in Ireland recall with pride the links between these two iconic historical figures.

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