Yes, I am an Irish Music Tragic but an Irish/Mexican knees-up, celebrating the tale of the Irish American soldiers who crossed over to fight for the Mexicans in 1846? My giddy aunt!
"During the Mexican American war of 1846-1848 Captain John Riley and a small battalion of soldiers abandoned their pasts and futures in the burgeoning United States of America and followed their conscience - or their fortune perhaps - crossed the Rio Grande to fight side by side with the Mexican army under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana. Reviled by the Manifest Destiny minded America of the day as traitors and deserters, they have largely been forgotten in the retelling of history. But to generations of Mexicans and Irish they are remembered to this day as heroes who fought bravely against an unjust and thinly-veiled war of aggression ..."
Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains.