Thousands of Irish soldiers crossed the Atlantic to fight for the patriot armies against the Spanish in Latin America during the nineteenth century. They came from every corner of Ireland and were from very different political, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Their motives were mixed. Some fought for financial reward, others for political ideas. Among them were the members of the Batallón de San Patricio – or, Saint Patrick’s Battalion – Irish-born soldiers who fought for Mexico against the United States during the Mexican-American War.
In this lecture, Tim Fanning explores the history of Irish emigration to Latin America during the independence era at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.
The museum will also be hosting the acclaimed ‘Irish in Latin America’ temporary exhibition throughout the festival.
Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. EPIC explores the reasons why people left and uncovers how the Irish shaped the world they found. There are tales of those who ventured to Latin America but also the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and around the globe.
Located in the beautifully-restored CHQ building on Custom House Quay, this top-rated Dublin attraction is nominated for European Museum of the Year 2018. For more events at EPIC please visit: