Monday, April 18, 2016

Irish for a Day-St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Jamaica 2016

"Irish Town in Jamaica is linked to the Irish from Ireland?" like duh right? Looking back, it now seems so obvious but for some reason I have never quite made the connection, that is until a member of Jamaica's Irish expatriate community shared details about the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Irish Town, Jamaica. As the event promised a grand parade, Irish dancing and Music, Gaelic Football and Hurling, Irish Food, Fun and the games for the kids and shuttle to the event's location, I was intrigued. I figured why not, my daughter would enjoy the cultural adventure and I can enjoy the road trip and some new food :D.

To prepare myself for this new adventure, I actually went researching to find out more about the Irish-Jamaican link (They don't call it Irish Town for nothing right?) and indeed I was mind blown at the rich cultural history and linkages between two countries that are  thousands of miles away. Off the top of my head, I did recall that Digicel, though an Irish Owned company is headquartered in Jamaica and that Guinness which is rooted in Ireland now owns Red Stripe/D&G. But several articles later, these interesting facts stood out:

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