The activity took place last Sunday in County Cork, Ireland, where Elisa Alicia Lynch, better known as Madame Lynch, was born on November 19, 1833.
As part of the commemoration, a mass was held in the morning in the Santa Cruz parish in the city of Charleville in the aforementioned county, a temple where one of the most powerful and controversial women in the history of Paraguay was baptized at the age of six months.
Three languages were used for the religious act: Guaraní, Spanish and English.
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The tribute continued with the presentation of a commemorative plaque in the house where Elisa Lynch lived until she was 16 years old and later with an event of traditional food and dance from the cultures of both countries at the city’s community center.
Gustavo Cuevas, a member of the Community of Paraguayans in Ireland and one of those who attended the activity, told Última Hora that the inauguration of a museum in honor of the partner of Marshal Francisco Solano López is planned for November 2024.
The event was attended by authorities and diplomats from Paraguay and Ireland, as well as compatriots residing in the United Kingdom and Spain. A total of 150 people attended the event in tribute to Madame Lynch.
Among them, the chairman of the Global Irish Celebration Project, Brendan Kilty SC; Ypané councilor Eduardo Domínguez; the Paraguayan deputy Rodrigo Gamarra; the ambassador of Paraguay to France, Cynthia Filártiga, and the representative of civil society from Ypané, Gerardo Fariña.
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Likewise, the representative of Luque’s civil society, Hans Kemper; the historian and organizer of the Sola López Expo, Olga Vysokolán; the president of the Community of Paraguayans in Ireland and organizer of the event, Ángel Denis Segovia, and the mayor of Cork and vice-president of the Charleville Heritage Society, Cllr Ian Doyle.
Madame Lynch faced accusations regarding her marital status and wrote a small book titled Exhibition and protest (1875), where he justified himself in this regard.
She maintained a bad reputation for more than a century, but history, over time, positioned her as one of the most important women in Paraguayan history.
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