Irish Argentines

June 29, 2017

July 2017 at the County Library

Irish Argentines - A Celebration of the Latin American Irish Diaspora.



Did you know that approximately half a million Argentines are of Irish descent?

Many Irish, primarily from the Midlands and Wexford, were attracted to the prospect of becoming prosperous Landowners in the Rio De La Plata region of Argentina, and the emigration that occurred resulted in many high profile figures in Argentina being either Irish or of Irish descent. Primary examples are Admiral William (Guillermo) Brown, founder of the Argentine Navy (from Foxford Co. Mayo), Che Guevara (Revolutionist, Politician and Military Theorist) and Cecilia Grierson, the first female physician in Argentina, to name a few! 


For the month of July we will be celebrating this fascinating history of Irish Argentines with Craft Events, a Movie Night, Poster Exhibition, Book and DVD display, a Tango performance and Argentine nibbles! 


On Wednesday, July 5th, at 7:00 pm, the Festival will be opened, followed by a Tango Performance by Kristina and Julian from Tango Fiesta Dublin and a selection of nibbles. All welcome! Booking advised at





On July 11th at 6.30 pm: A talk by Author Tim Fanning entitled, “Tracing the roots of Irish emigration to Argentina. From the discovery of the Americas to the Great Famine.” All welcome!





July 20th at 3:00 pm: A Children’s quilling craft class event with Joan Connolly that celebrates Argentina’s love of Horses! All welcome!





July 27th, 6.30pm: Argentine Film Night:  “The Motorcycle Diaries”. All welcome!





The festival also includes a poster exhibition, video documentaries and a Book and DVD display  of works by Argentine Film makers and Authors. For more information contact Tallaght Library at 01 4620073 or e-mail at