“ONE MAN’S HERO”
Tuesday, May 4 | 7:30PM
Garcia Brogan’s Cantina, Pub & Restaurant
131 Middlesex Street, Lowell
Suggested Donation: $5
The LFC partners once again with the Irish Cultural Committee for this special “Food & Film” event at Lowell’s Garcia Brogan’s Irish-Mexican restaurant. It’s the perfect setting for director Lance Hool’s controversial, epic film that tells the little-known true story of the “St. Patrick’s Battalion” or “Los San Patricios.” Led by Jon Riley, a group of Irish Catholic immigrants desert from the mostly Protestant U.S. Army to the mostly Catholic Mexican side during the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The film centers on Riley and a couple of men in his U.S. Battalion who are whipped for “desertion” when they travel to the Mexican side of the border to attend Mass. They escape to Mexico to hopefully find a ship back to Ireland only to find out that the U.S. and Mexico are now at war — if they are captured, they could be hanged. Tom Berenger plays the heroic Riley in this 1999 drama that captures the story of the St. Patrick’s Battalion and their battle against discrimination.
Garcia Brogan’s is the only place in the area where you can order up delicious Irish- or Mexican-inspired dinner and libations — come enjoy great food and drink before, during, or after this pre-Cinco de Mayo screening.
Read more on St. Patrick’s Battalion and feel free to peruse the web for different articles on this historical event. Of course, depending on the sources, different sides of the story are more dramatized than others.
Learn more about the St. Patrick’s Battalion and the incredible new album “San Patricio” by famed Irish band The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder. See the amazing interview by Ry Cooder and more behind-the-scenes footage on the recording of the album.