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Clifden 200 San Patricio Festival - the Mexican Connection - Co Galway

Friday 7th - Wednesday 12th September 2012

A five-day Irish-Mexican festival celebrating the life of John Riley of Clifden, the leader of the Battalion de San Patricio, will take place in Clifden from the 7th-12th September. John fought for Mexico in the Mexican American War.

Celebrated as heroes in Mexico every September, the San Patricio Battalion were a group of soldiers who broke away from the American army in 1847 and joined with their opposition, the Mexicans, in solidarity. Led by John Riley of Clifden, the 'San Patricos' paid the ultimate price for deserting America, but are still revered as heroes in Mexico for their willingness to fight and die with them, a fellow Catholic people.

This shared Mexican and Irish episode in history will form the backdrop for a commemoration in Clifden which will be attended by His Excellency, the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, Carlos Garcia de Alba and his embassy officials. Mexican and Irish traditional music and dance, talks and exhibitions, will take place in various venues over the five days.



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