In 1849 and 1852, Lincoln commiserated with the plight of Irish citizens working to establish Ireland as a country separate from Britain, believing that Britain was repressing Irish citizens' right to self-government. A parallel to this in the United States' own history was the support outside nations gave to Americans in their fight to establish independence from Britain. Out of respect for Lincoln's death and the legacy that he would leave behind in fighting for a reunited nation, the inhabitants of Galway, Ireland sent a letter in 1865 to the United States, expressing their feelings of "horror and indignation of the atrocious murder of the President of the United States."
These sentiments are echoed 150 years later by Donal Lyons, the Mayor of Galway, who wishes to make Lincoln's enduring legacy known and seeks to move past the hardships in everyone's lives by recalling the famous statement "and this, too, shall pass away." By moving forward and keeping Lincoln's teachings during his life in mind without dwelling on the more tragic aspect of his death, the world becomes a more enlightened place.