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Meanwhile, in Montserrat

March 14, 2012

By Staff Reporter

Known as “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean,” Montserrat is the only country outside Ireland where St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday.

The week-long St. Patrick’s Festival provides a rich mix of Irish and African heritage, with some traditional Caribbean entertainment, making this one of Montserrat’s most popular annual events.

This year, St. Patrick’s Week is a little more than that and being celebrated from March 10 to 19.

The activities for the week will centre around the Freedom Run from Cudjoe Head to Salem Park, a nature hike and a junior calypso competition.             Montserrat’s Irish heritage dates back to the 17th century when the island became a haven for Irish Catholics who were persecuted on other Caribbean islands.

This history is still evident today from the moment visitors arrive at the airport in Montserrat and receive a shamrock-shaped stamp in their passports.

More at at www.visitmontserrat.com/ St_Patricks_Festival or contact the Montserrat Tourist Board on (664)491-2230 or email: [email protected]

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