28/04/2013. REPRO FREE. Young Zorro, Thomas O Grady age 7, taking to the streets of Wexford town ahead of the ‘Zorrfest’ which will take place on Saturday, May 4 across Wexford town, the ancestral home of William Lamport otherwise known as ‘El Zorro’ – Photograph Patrick Browne
APRIL 28, 2013.
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Wexford Celebrates Roots of Zorro with Mexican Festival
On Saturday May 4 Zorrofest in Wexford will celebrate the life and legend of a real-life ‘Irish Zorro’ - 17th-century Wexfordman William Lamport, this pirate, soldier, spy and would-be revolutionary a rebellious romantic rascal and swashbuckling righter of wrongs, was Wexfordman and also the writer of the first independence proclamation of the Americas. A statue of "Guillén de Lampart" - as he is known in Mexico - guards the tomb of their revolutionary heroes and Independence Monument to this day.
His story has been hidden for centuries in the Mexican Inquisition’s archives, and rediscovered only in the last quarter of the last century. He was an "Irish Zorro" who led a life of adventure as fantastic as any fiction, and shaped the Mexican folk-culture from which these stories drew their inspiration.Imprisoned for years by the Inquisition in New Spain for consorting with a native shaman, he was also a prolific writer and thinker, using bed sheets for paper and candle soot for ink. After a brilliant escape and call to revolt, he cheated his own death at the stake.
"Wexicans" are celebrating both fiction and amazing history this May bank holiday weekend, with a festival in honour of both man and myth at Zorrofest! Masked heroes and a carnival of colourful creatures will jump forth from the pages of literary legend and folk history, and onto to the streets of Wexford. International guests will offer unprecedented intellectual insights to his heritage, and share wonderful cultural experiences for all to enjoy.
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