Mexican ambassador takes a Wexford tour
THE AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO, Mr Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba, visited Wexford last Friday as a part of his tour of the country following his appointment ten months ago.
He was welcomed by members of Wexford County Council including Mayor Davy Hynes, Chairman Oliver Walsh and County Manager Eddie Breen at the County Council offices in Carricklawn.
The purpose of Mr Garcia de Alba's visits to cities and towns around the country is to make bonds and encourage trade between Ireland and Mexico; however there is a particular historical connection between Wexford and Mexico.
In 1615 William Lamport, better know as 'Zorro' was born in Wexford to a family of Catholic seafarers and eventually went on to become a leading figure in the Mexican war of independence against Spain.
'While our countries may have little in common in terms of land mass and population, we do share a historical and cultural connection,' said Mr. Garcia Del Alba. 'Many Irish soldiers fought in Mexico for our independence, in particular Wexford man William Lamport or 'Zorro' as he is known. On behalf of the people of Mexico I would like to thank Wexford for its contribution to Mexico's independence.'