“Remember this—that somewhere and somehow, and by somebody, a beginning must be made. Who strikes the first blow for Ireland? Who draws first blood for Ireland? Who wins a wreath that will be green forever?” James Finton Lalor
Lalor was an Irish political writer, hero, patriot, insurrectionist and general all around rabble rouser from the early and mid 1800’s. (My kind of guy of course)
Lalor was unstoppable in his quest for Irish freedom and land rights and never became discouraged. He was of ill health, suffering from tuberculosis and imprisoned after a particular rousing and vitriolic call to arms.
But that did not stop him in his fervor to free his country and better his countryman’s plight.
He became discouraged occasionally but always returned with the fire of freedom burning inside of him.
He refused to recognize any foreign law as legal and fought until his end at the young age of 43
It is surmised that his prison stint fatally worsened his condition
This is what is on his tombstone:
In dear memory of James Fintan Lalor born on the 10th of
March 1809 and died on 27 December 1849.
A faithful Irishman who gave his life in the pursuit of freedom
of our country and to improve the state of Irish people in their
May his soul be at the right hand of God
Remember friends, get discouraged, but don’t ever give up