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Foreign correspondent: Michael Davitt (centre, back) with a Jewish family in Kishinev, 1903 Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

Foreign correspondent: Michael Davitt (centre, back) with a Jewish family in Kishinev, 1903 Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

Foreign correspondent: Michael Davitt (centre, back) with a Jewish family in Kishinev, 1903 Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

When people hear the name Randolph Hearst they mostly think of Orson Welles's magnificent portrayal of the media baron in the film Citizen Kane.

Few would link him to the Father of the Land League, Michael Davitt. And yet the Mayo man was employed by the newspaper tycoon as a foreign correspondent. He covered the defeated Boer President Kruger's arrival in France in 1902 and made three trips to Russia.

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Davitt in a fur coat in a studio photo taken in Russia some time during 1905. Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

Davitt in a fur coat in a studio photo taken in Russia some time during 1905. Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

Davitt in a fur coat in a studio photo taken in Russia some time during 1905. Photo: courtesy Board of Trinity College, Dublin

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