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Irishmen! Listen to the words of your brothers…

17 March 2008


Irishmen! Listen to the words of your brothers, hear the accents of Catholic people . . . Is religion no longer the strongest of human bonds? . . . Can you fight by the side of those who set fire to your temples in Boston and Philadelphia? Are Catholic Irishmen to be the destroyers of Catholic temples, the murderers of Catholic priests . . ? Come over to us; you will be received under the laws of that truly Christian hospitality and good faith which Irish guests are entitled to expect and obtain from a Catholic nation . . .May Mexicans and Irishmen, united by the sacred tie of religion and benevolence, form only one people.

                            (Capitán John Riley, Batallón de San Patricio)

Lá Féile Pádraig Shona Daoibh! (“A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all) from the Mex Files and “Trailero” at Mexican Trucker:

Plaque commemorating the San PatriciosFrom behind the bullet-scarred walls of an ancient fortress, the wail of bagpipes and a thundering bass drum echoed through a plaza in the center of Mexico City.

Passers-by stopped in their tracks. Children craned for a look as a platoon of Mexican bagpipers marched through the gates in tribute to a strange and divisive chapter of Irish-American history.

The bagpipers play each month in honor of the St. Patrick Battalion, a group of 600 Irish-American soldiers who switched sides to fight for Mexico in the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War. Mexico lost half its territory to the United States as a result of the war.

To the United States, the deserters are traitors. But to Mexicans, the “Irish martyrs” are heroes, honored in street names, plaques and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the country. The battalion’s name is written in gold letters in the chamber of Mexico’s House of Representatives, and a ceremony is held in a Mexico City park every year to commemorate the executions of the group’s members.

(Entire article at Mexico Trucker ).

Incidentally, the IRISH NATIONAL GUARD also honors the San Patricios, every 16 September at his County Galway birthplace. Viva San Carlos has more on the San Patricios.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 March 2008 10:08 pm

    Thanks for noting this, and a happy LATE St. Pat’s to you, darn, they sure downplayed St. Pat’s this year due to it’s coinciding with Lent. Still, we had corned beef, & in Ireland they think we’re crazy for eating corned beef.

    Heh, where is everyone?

  2. bdonovan24 permalink
    12 June 2009 6:10 pm

    Well said. If you get a chance, I suggest you check out a film entitled “Belfast: The Sad Reality”

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