A forgotten piece of history comes to the stage next week

Acclaimed actor Stephen Jones performs 100 More Like These in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday, February 13 at 8pm.

Acclaimed actor Stephen Jones performs 100 More Like These in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday, February 13 at 8pm.

The story of the Irish who fought in the American-Mexican War will be retold by acclaimed actor Stephen Jones in the historically-based 100 More Like These, in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday next, February 13 at 8pm.

During the three years of the American-Mexican War (1846-48 ), some 3,000 immigrant soldiers deserted the American Army. More than 500 of these - mainly Irish - joined the Mexican side where, led by John Riley from Clifden, they fought as the San Patricio (St Patrick’s ) Battalion. Although their sacrifice is often overlooked - or ignored - by history these days, huge numbers of Mexicans still hold the brave soldiers in high esteem.

Written by Larry O’Loughlin, adapted and performed by award-winning actor/playwright Stephen Jones, the play tells the story of the San Patricio Battalion from the point of view of Thomas O’Byrne, who unwittingly finds himself caught up in the war while trying to escape arrest.

Through his innocent eyes we experience the full horror of these historic events and the terror that can come with trying to do the right thing. The play’s title comes from a quote attributed to the Mexican leader, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: “With a hundred more like these men of Riley’s, I could have won this war!”

100 More Like These takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Tuesday, February 13 at 8pm. Booking advised by calling (094 ) 9023733 or online at www.thelinenhall.com

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