He was a consistent supporter of causes where rights were at stake, a native Irish speaker and he was at the forefront of development of the Irish language in an open and generous way. A supporter of socialist causes, he had courage and consistency in his idealism. Aisteoir de'n scoth. Fear lámhach ionraiciúil. Chara dílis. I ngach é de’s saoil is laoch atá caillte.
Lally was also an atheist who referred to religion as "codology", a word not used at any point in The God Delusion but which probably sums it all up better than Professor Dawkins ever did. Farewell, Mick. Tóg go bog é.