The Workers' Party has expressed its deepest sympathy
to the family of the late Mick Lally on his sudden and untimely death today. At this time we offer our deepest condolences
to his wife Peggy, their children Saileog, Darach and Maghnus and extended family. It is hopefully some consolation for them
to know that Mick was one of the most revered and most loved actors of his generation.
Padraig Mannion, National
Research officer of the Workers' Party stated; "Mick Lally was recognised and loved by an entire generation of Irish television
audiences for his creation of the character Miley Byrne in Glenroe. Memorable as this role was, it only encapsulated a very
small part of Mick Lally's contribution to Irish acting. His roles in Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, in Druid, and in countless
other productions were equally impressive and equally important".
"But Mick Lally was more than just an actor.
He was an active and concerned citizen. He cared deeply about the state of this country and of the world and always stood
on the side of the oppressed and dispossessed. Without fuss or fanfare he contributed quietly to many causes in support of
workers' rights both nationally and internationally. He never used his undoubted fame to promote a particular cause or gain
"Mick Lally's commitment to the Irish language was well known. His was a practical commitment.
He supported Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta, the founding of Raidio na Gaeltachta and Teilifis na Gaeilge (now TG4) and the
development of education at all levels through the medium of Irish. The lack of basic infrastructure for isolated communities,
especially island communities, appalled him.
"On this day, as news that the banks are again conspiring to further
impoverish not only this generation and the next, it is appropriate to reflect on the life of Mick Lally and say "here was
a man who truly enriched our community".
31st August 2010