Saint Patrick’s Battalion in Mexico

Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day, I am going to repost this article I did last year about some Irish history in Mexico.

Costa Maya Mahahual

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would share some history of the famous St. Patricio Battalion, and the history of the Irish soldiers of Mexico. I know a Mexican woman who is a descendent of these Irish soldiers, and her last name is Tandy.

The green harp flag in its 18th to 19th century design, showing the "Maid of Erin" as the harp's pillar, her wing forming the harp's neck, and the inscription Erin go Bragh ("Ireland forever"). The green harp flag in its 18th to 19th century design, showing the “Maid of Erin” as the harp’s pillar, her wing forming the harp’s neck, and the inscription Erin go Bragh (“Ireland forever”).

The St. Patricio Battalion
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

On 12 September 1997, the Mexican government paid special tribute to the soldiers of the San Patricio Battalion who were tortured and hanged at the San Jacinto Plaza, San Ángel, in 1847.
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo presided at the ceremonies marking the sesquicentennial of that tragic event and declared: “One hundred and fifty years ago, here in San Ángel, ……

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