Éirinn (agus Mheicsiceo) go Brách!
Despite the valiant efforts of those who would turn everyone Irish, Alvaro Obregón was not an O’Bryan… It’s a story that pops up now and again, though
I’m not sure of the source (and presume it has a lot to do with the Irish propensity to make everyone Irish… at least on Saint Patrick’s Day… and the racial assumptions in the U.S. during the mid 1910s that wanted to deny the possibility that a mere Mexican was probably a better military officer without formal training than anyone in their own army at the time… and an inventor and political genius as well). There’s no harm in the stories, but I’ve had to correct it at least once in Wikipedia, and usually just sent a note to others who picked up the tale, pointing out that there are a number of prominent Obregón’s in the Spanish-speaking world (Alejandro, the Spanish-Colombian artist; Ana, the Spanish TV star; Diego, the Colombian pop singer; and Nancy, the Peruvian politician). Not to mention that Obregón is a town in Cantabria. The only oddity about Obregón as a name is that it’s Basque and easy to spell.
Still, there are any number of good Irishmen and women, from the San Patricios to … Sor Juana (Juana Inés María del Carmen Martinéz de Zaragoza Gaxiola de Asbaje y Ramirez de Santilla Odonoju), to the O’Gormans (Juan, the painter and architect; and Edmundo, the historian and philospher) to the pre-mature independence leader William Lamport, a 17th century adventurer plotting the overthrow of Spanish colonial rule in Mexican 150 years too early and morphed in early 20th century pop culture into Zorro (really!!) … who have made their mark on Mexican culture….
Today we celebrate those, and the children of those who, having left their agrarian Catholic homeland famed for tenors, lightweight boxers and holding resentments against the English-speaking Protestants who occupied a third of the country, contributed to this agrarian Catholic land, famed for tenors, lightweight boxers and holding resentments against English-speaking Protestants who occupied a third of the country.
We make beautiful music together…