Paddywhackery in Montserrat

PaddywhackeryOn St. Patrick’s Day, there is “Irishness” all over Montserrat. There are shamrocks and Irish flags in shops and pubs, and most of the tourist (and many locals too!) get completely decked out in “paddywhackery.”

In Ireland and the US, these symbols signify Irish pride, but in Montserrat they inspire freedom across national, cultural, racial, and ethnic boundaries. Some might even say that in Montserrat, the people are more Irish than the Irish themselves, as this man from Co. Sligo says during a documentary interview in 2004 (starting at 6:14):

Paddywhackery at the Green Monkey