Thursday 30 March 2017

Irish pride resonates to Caribbean as tiny island makes merry

Martin Healy, Graham Clifford, Brother Tom Phelan and Niall Brosnan perform at Monty's bar on Little Bay in Montserrat. Photo by Wayne Fenton
Martin Healy, Graham Clifford, Brother Tom Phelan and Niall Brosnan perform at Monty's bar on Little Bay in Montserrat. Photo by Wayne Fenton

Graham Clifford

As the sun sets over the Caribbean island of Montserrat, I find myself serenading the locals who have come down to the waterfront to meet up with the visiting Irish.

I belt out 'Raglan Road' and 'Red is the Rose' with the assistance of the Martin Healy band, who have become a regular fixture during the St Patrick's Day celebrations on this tiny volcanic territory.

"Not bad, not bad at all, brother," says one Montserratian with a beer in hand.

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