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Why Montserrat Celebrates St. Patty’s Day is Fascinating!

Old Moores Almanac   in  · · ·
March 17, 2015

St Patrick’s Day on Montserrat lasts more than a week and the festival includes wild masks and lots of goat stew. Count me in.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in just three places in the world: and one of these places is Montserrat. We know why we celebrate it here…but why there? In Monsterrat?

The reason why Montserrat celebrates St. Patrick’s Day is fascinating. Montserrat is a Caribbean island that is a British Overseas Territory. It is 16 km long and 11 km wide, and called The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of some of its inhabitants. It is tiny, and in no explainable proximity to Ireland. So what’s the deal?


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