Argentine Irish Leader Passes

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2003

Dr. Mario Dolan, who founded the Irish Argentine Society in 1987, died on October 3, in New York City.

The group’s main goal as the promotion of relationships between the descendants of the Irish who emigrated all over South America with those in the U.S. and Ireland. Dolan also worked tirelessly to raise funds to support the Southern Cross, the Irish newspaper published in Argentina for the past 125 years.

Dr. Dolan, 84, was a renowned specialist in addition to medicine. Back in medical school in Argentina, his classmate and opponent on the rugby field was a fellow Irish Argentine Dr. Ernesto Guevara Lynch who went on to win fame and notoriety as “Che” Guevara, a leader of the Cuban revolution. Like, Dolan, Che’s late father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, kept alive the family’s Irish traditions until his death in 1987. Dolan, who was the father of nine children, was honored by Irish America magazine on several occasions. ♦

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