You are invited to join our monthly friendly and informal networking and discussion evenings –
We will continue visiting countries in the world where the biggest Irish diaspora lives. The upcoming event will be about Mexico.
Jimena Gonzalez who lives and works in Latvia now will make the presentation on Mexico. She is a philosopher by training and has a master’s degree in pedagogy. Ms Gonzalez has 10 years experience in teaching both the philosophy and the Spanish language. Currently, she works in Riga Cultures Secondary School as a Spanish teacher and Culture and Education Society, and all sorts of youth activities organizer and coordinator.
We are also honoured to inform you that Mr Carlos Arredondo Martinez, the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Latvia, will attend the Networking Evening 101 CONTACTS.
Probably the most famous Irishman ever to reside in Mexico is the Wexfordman William Lamport, better known to most Mexicans as Guillén de Lampart, precursor of the Independence movement and author of the first proclamation of independence in the New World. His statue stands today in the Crypt of Heroes beneath the Column of Independence in Mexico City. Some authorities claim he was the inspiration for Johnston McCulley’s Zorro, though the extent to which this may be true is disputed.
After Lampart, the most famous Irishmen in Mexican history are probably “Los Patricios”. Many communities also existed in Mexican Texas until the revolution there, when they sided with Roman Catholic Mexico against Protestant pro-US elements. The Batallón de San Patricio, a battalion of US troops who deserted and fought alongside the Mexican Armyagainst the United States in the Mexican–American War of 1846 to 1848, is also famous in Mexican history. Álvaro Obregón (possibly O’Brian) was president of Mexico during 1920–24 and Obregón city and airport are named in his honour. Mexico also has a large number of people of Irish ancestry, among them the actor Anthony Quinn. There are also monuments in Mexico City paying tribute to those Irish who fought for Mexico in the 19th century. There is a monument to Los Patricios in the fort of Churubusco. During the Potato Famine, thousands of Irish immigrants entered the country. Other Mexicans of Irish descent are: Romulo O’Farril, Juan O’Gorman, Edmundo O’Gorman, Anthony Quinn, Alejo Bay(Governor of the state of Sonora), Famed Conductor Felix Carrasco, Guillermo Purcell a businessman, former Miss Mexico Judith Grace Gonzalez, among many others. Today, the Irish community in Mexico is a thriving one and is mainly concentrated in Mexico City and the northern states.
Tequila or Mescal with Coctel de Camaron
Shot of cactus distil with traditional Prawn cocktail
Salsa Pico de Gallo
Fresh tomato salsa
Sesame seed sauce
Tomato sauce with cumin
Quesedilla with Mexican chorizo and Cheese
Crispy tortillas with Mexican chorizo, tomato sauce and melted cheese
Quesedilla with Bell peppers and Cheese
Crispy tortillas with colourful pepper and tomato sauce mix and melted cheese
Chicken and Potato Flautas
Cigar or flute shaped crispy tortillas- taquitos-filled with chicken and potato mix
Tortilla crisps with charred white cheese
Three type burritos- Chicken, Pork and Beef served with two types of Mexican rice served with salsa verde and Mexican crema
Pastel de tres leches
Three milk cake served with Italian meringue.
As usual we will try the food then and taste the wine from that country.
101 CONTACTS series offers a forum for ILCC members to make new contacts and broaden their professional networks in an informal setting. We encourage members to make new contacts and to introduce their existing networks to Chamber members.
The goal of each event is for attendees to leave with at least 3 new professional connections.
Bring yourself (and a colleague), a positive outlook and your business cards. There will be a drink on arrival for guests and lots of opportunity!