The Lalor Chieftain, Margot Coogan has presented a limited edition print by Laois artist Brendon Deacy to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.
The print is a portrait of James Fintan Lalor, incorporating Lalor’s famous line ‘Ireland Her Own and all therein from Sod to the Sky.’ It will hang in the museum’s gallery next to a portrait of Fintan’s brother, Peter Lalor.
At the recent James Fintan Lalor School, Brendon Deacy exhibited his latest oil on canvas collection – ‘Siorai – Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor’.
Margot, who is committed to promoting the Irish-Australian connection during her chieftainship, believes having this portrait displayed in the museum will be a further nexus demonstrating the joint struggle for democracy in the two countries.
“My reading of history confirms for me that James Fintan deeply influenced his young brother to step forward into the leadership at Bakery Hill, Ballarat in 1854.
“In Ireland the deeds of Peter Lalor and Eureka are engraved on monuments and in song,” said the Lalor Chieftain.
While in Ballarat, Margot Coogan installed the new Leader of ‘Lalors Australia’, Peter Lalor Philp. The ceremony was conducted beneath of the statue of Peter Lalor standing in the main street of Ballarat.
The installation featured the Lalor Blessing and Chieftain’s call for a commitment from the new leader to stand true to the Lalor motto ‘Strong and Faithful’.
Peter Lalor Philp paid tribute to Margot Coogan for her major contribution in linking the Lalors of Laois to the family in Australia.