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San Patricios: the Irish Mexican connection

Hailed as heroes in Mexico for fighting with and defending the country against American invasion and reviled as traitors in the US for desertion, about 50 Irish immigrants were hung en masse after defeat in the Mexican-American War. A musical collaboration by The Chieftains, Ry Cooder and Latino musicians tell the history of the 'San Patricios'. (Related NPR story) For more background on the San Patricios, the fascinating documentary Saol John Riley, part 1 and part 2 follows Kerry singer songwriter Charlie O'Brien as he revisits sites associated with Patricio leader John Riley to discover the revolutionary hero's fate. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 17, 2012 - 25 comments

 

Erin Go Barf

How NOT to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
posted by Renoroc on Mar 13, 2012 - 181 comments

Sláinte! As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Mefites! Remember, WEAR green, don't DRINK it. Take this opportunity to shed light on the legacy of colonization and imperialism and the universal nature of popular resistance... to bond with friends... to sing trad songs to your cat. And if you can't find or trap your own leprechaun? Just go hang out in Mobile, Alabama. They've got plenty there.
posted by miss lynnster on Mar 17, 2007 - 67 comments

In the midst of your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, won't you please take a moment to consider the struggle to save one of our most beloved Irish institutions...
posted by jonmc on Mar 17, 2002 - 33 comments

Lá fhéile Pádraig!

Lá fhéile Pádraig!
That means, "Happy St. Patricks Day"!
posted by tomcosgrave on Mar 17, 2000 - 13 comments

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