Ireland Invites the World to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day & The Gathering
TORONTO, ON (March 11, 2013) — In 2013, the year of ‘The Gathering’, Ireland prepares to celebrate its national holiday with the biggest and brightest St Patrick’s Festival ever. From Dublin to Downpatrick, from Belfast to Boyle St Patrick’s Day is an unforgettable celebration in Ireland and we’re inviting the world to join the party!
Speaking about St Patrick’s Day 2013, Jayne Shackleford Manager of Tourism Ireland Canada said “Every year we look forward to St Patrick’s Day celebrations as it is wonderful to feel that unmistakable bond around the world on Ireland’s national holiday, especially in this year, the year of The Gathering – the greatest Irish get together of all time! The motto of The Gathering is ‘be part of it’ and there has never been a better time to do so in Ireland where an array of superb music, literature, culture and history awaits.”
The People’s Parade
In recognition of The Gathering Ireland 2013, the year when the Emerald Isle hosts a 365 day party of festivals and events, the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin will burst with even more Irish magic as ‘The People’s Parade’ welcomes thousands of participants from all over the world to walk the city’s famous cobbled street. For the first time in the parade’s history 8,000 people will have the chance to ‘be part of’ the spectacular parade procession and over 300 Canadians are expected to be there at the heart of The Gathering – marching, dancing and jumping through the 2.5km route across Dublin’s historic fair city. Over half a million spectators will line Dublin’s streets cheering on the procession and soaking up the electric party atmosphere.
This festive feeling reverberates up and down the island of Ireland as parades in every shade of green, and all shapes and sizes get underway. It’s this exciting combination of colourful floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, and that inimitable Irish craic that makes Ireland THE place to be on March 17 … we’ll see you there!
Seasons Greenings in Toronto & Ottawa
St Patrick’s Day is the national holiday celebrated in more countries than any other, and some of the world’s most famous sites and attractions have signed up to salute their Irish cousins and be part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Global Greening’ initiative. Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza; Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro; the Las Vegas ‘Welcome’ Sign; the Sydney Opera House; New York’s Empire State Building and Table Mountain in South Africa are just some of the famous sites “going green” and sharing in the Irish spirit of fun, immersion and participation.
In 2013, for the very first time, Toronto’s CITY HALL will “go green” turning its spectacular towers green on March 16 & 17 and Ottawa’s MUSEUM OF NATURE will have a “Green Lantern” as the Museum plans to illuminate its famous rooftop Queen’s Lantern with sparkling emerald lights. These beautiful buildings light the way for Canadian’s to join the fun of Tourism Ireland ‘Great Green Off’, a worldwide online contest at www.facebook.com/DiscoverIrelandCA where Canadians can create and share their own ‘Greening’ video or picture – with the best submission scoring a ‘Gathering’ trip to Ireland this year for the winner and five friends!
About St Patrick’s Day & The Gathering
Born Maewyn Succat in 385 AD in the Welsh town of Banwen, he was then captured by Gaelic slave traders at the age of 16 and sold to an Irish sheep farmer. Enslaved for six years, during which he turned to Christianity for comfort until he escaped at the age of 22, he spent the next 12 years living in a British monastery. It was there that he adopted the name Patrick. Saint Patrick later returned to Ireland as a bishop with the task of spreading Christianity to pagan Ireland. Visitors to Ireland today can visit Saint Patrick’s burial place at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Co Down.
In addition to honoring the great Irish saint, St. Patrick’s Day represents worldwide unification and a sense of global community to those who are Irish-born, of Irish descent or Irish like-mindedness as they come together. This feeling of togetherness is strongly felt in the year of The Gathering which includes the St Patrick’s Festival season among 3,000 festivals and events taking place nationwide. The Gathering is a year-long celebration of Ireland’s people, its unique culture, heritage and rich history. It is about the people of Ireland throwing open their arms and inviting anyone who feels a connection to Ireland to come and visit in 2013.
So go ahead, Jump In!
Find out more about visiting Ireland on www.ireland.com
Hi everyoneFor those who don’t already know, Pat Belonger Ryan’s song ‘Still Home Still Nice’ has been entered for the BBC World Service Hear my country competition, where a song is chosen which best represents a particular country. The competition is mounted by The Strand, an arts and culture programme on the BBC World Service. The song is accompanied by a set of lovely photos illustrating different aspects of life on Montserrat. To assist the choice of this song, people are invited, if they wish, to e-mail The Strand programme, proposing this song to be chosen to represent Montserrat in the Hear my country competition. One should briefly state one’s reasons for proposing this song, or why you think it should be chosen.The song and photos can be heard and viewed on You Tube at the following link:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LawBv6tpWQo Make sure to include this link in your letter to the BBC.The e-mail address to write to is firstname.lastname@example.org and the SUBJECT line should say The Strand, hear my country, Montserrat to help it get to the right department. Just encouraging people to support this effort. You can also click on ‘like’ on You Tube if you like it.Best wishes to allCathy Buffonge
Date: November 4, 2011
Written by Nerissa Golden
Montserrat’s Volcano Hazard Level Lowered
BRADES, Montserrat (November 4, 2011) – The National Disaster Preparedness and Advisory Committee has taken a decision to reduce the hazard level of Soufriere Hills Volcano from 3 to 2, which will allow day-time access to Zone C.
Zone C comprises Cork Hill, Delvins, Weekes, Foxes Bay and Richmond Hill. Note there will be no access to St Georges Hill since is it now in Zone V.
Daytime access means that persons can visit these areas using a vehicle from 8:00 to 4:00pm. Children can only enter accompanied by their parents. Entry will be at a manned gate on the Corkhill Road adjacent to the condominiums on the southern side of the Belham Valley. Caution is urged when driving in the area as many of the roads are overgrown and are in poor condition.
The Montserrat Volcano Observatory has advised that the volcano is in a continued state of pause which is now the longest since the eruption began in 1995. The current pause has lasted 629 days. (Theprevious longest pause of 625 days occurred between 1998 and 1999).
The MVO Director, Dr. Paul Cole, has also stated that the frequency of pyroclastic flows occurring from the remaining lava dome has decreased.
Although the decision has been made to reduce the hazard level, residents and visitors need to be vigilant at all times because volcanic activity can still increase with very little or no warning. Those persons entering should keep their car radios tuned to ZJB Radio at all times when in Zone C. They should also carry a battery powered transistor radio and mobile phone with them if they leave their cars.
Persons entering Zone C should exercise extreme caution generally and especially in crossing the Belham River Valley when it is raining heavily because of the possibility of lahars/mudflows. The crossing point is at the bottom of Dr Woods Road.
Zone V on the volcanic risk map remains closed. It is still in the full time exclusion zone.
August News from Montserrat W.I.
Caribbean Passport Film Crew Visit
The Montserrat Tourist Board hosted a film production team of JCD & Associates Ltd., Trinidad, from the popular lifestyle and travel programme, Caribbean Passport, for the annual week-long Calabash Festival 2011 activities. The team spent six days on the island of Montserrat capturing some of the activities of the Calabash Festival including the Calabash Food Fair, Calabash hike, Pub Crawl and the Foam Fete Dance. To add a more unique flavor to their popular travel programme, the team interviewed a few personalities as well as several owners of local businesses. The crew ended their assignment with an island and boat tour which captured the volcano, the buried capital, Plymouth and some of the island’s attractions and scenery. JCD & Associates Ltd. produces Caribbean Passport which is shown on 27 Television stations in 21 islands at primetime, as well as ‘Caribbean Essence’ the in-flight programme shown on board Caribbean Airlines. Montserrat’s featured episodes on Caribbean Passport will be aired later this year on Carib Vision, channel 56.
In the Spotlight – Oriole Café
Ideally located in the Farara Plaza Complex, opposite the Government Headquarters and next door to the Montserrat Tourist Board in Brades is Oriole Café restaurant, which attracts expats and Government workers because of its proximity to government businesses. This restaurant has been opened for over five years and is operated by proud owner Kathleen Barzey. Kathleen has been trained in the UK and enjoys cooking and dealing with people. With over 20 years in the food industry, Kathleen has worked at the Montserrat Spring’s Hotel, Vue Pointe Hotel and the Grandview Bed and Breakfast. Oriole Café is opened weekdays and serves Continental, Full and Traditional Breakfast. It also provides visitors with a variety of local cuisine for lunch and dinner by reservations only. This restaurant is not only known for its appetizing food but also for the fresh breeze and spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the verandah. To make reservations contact Kathleen at telephone (664) 491-7144.
CD Launched to aid Montserrat National Trust
Local calypsonian Pat “Belonger” Ryan has recently launched a CD comprising six songs to raise funds for the Montserrat National Trust. The songs were composed over the years, all with the environment as their common theme. Belonger sees the work of the Trust as an important one as they strive to conserve the environment and preserve historic sites and attractions for future generations to enjoy. With the onset of volcanic activity and the resultant migration of members and supporters, the Trust lost significant resources, which is needed to aid them in their work. The sale of the CDs will help to bring in much needed revenue. Songs like Lets Come Clean with our Environment , Save the Trees, Living with our Volcano are some of the songs that were penned by Belonger and produced by Sun Brother Lea. The CDs which are available for sale at the Montserrat National Trust cost EC$35.00 (US$13.00) and make an interesting gift or souvenir item. Established in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is the leading Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Montserrat dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and to the preservation of Montserrat’s natural and historic sites. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s tourist attractions. For more information on the National Trust go to www.montserratnationaltrust.com or email email@example.com, Tel: 664 491 3086.
Police, Fire Search & Rescue Community Week
Volcano Half Marathon & Fun Run
|May 2011 ISSUE
Ground Broken for New National Museum
Work has commenced on Montserrat’s new National Museum located in the Heritage Park and the Green Development Block (near the cricket field) of the Little Bay Development. The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) is managing the construction of the EC$2.5m building, which was designed and is being built by local architect firm, Alford Dyett Associates. Funding is being provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union (EU), through the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB), which will manage the funds. Montserrat’s old Museum was located in an old sugar mill on Richmond Hill in the south of the island. This site has been abandoned because of volcanic activity, but the artefacts and displays were removed from the sugar mill and are currently in storage. The Montserrat National Trust will be responsible for setting up the exhibitions once the museum is completed. The new facility will have storage and exhibition areas; a souvenir shop; a meeting room; a refectory area; an activity area; and will be equipped to accommodate persons with disabilities and special needs. For further information on the facility contact the Montserrat National Trust by phone at (664) 491 3086, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.montserratnationaltrust.com
Shamrock Mooring Project to Enhance Safe Mooring
Tourism Challenge Fund recipient, Raphael White, is currently executing a project entitled Shamrock Mooring’s Plus (SMP). This project is aimed at offering safe mooring and anchorage facilities to visiting sailboats and yachts, with anchorage options at Little Bay and Rendezvous Bay for a fee. Shamrock Moorings Plus will also be offering convenient amenities to visiting boaters such as ice delivery, garbage removal, laundry, and boat bottom cleaning services. He commented that these services will afford visitors more time to experience the island’s culture and local attractions such as volcano watching, white and black sand beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling, guided tours, hiking and local cuisine. To view the rates for the services being offered go to https://sites.google.com/site/shamrockmooringsplus/home or send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (664) 491 9177/ 496 4866.
Cudjoe Head’s Celebrations On Schedule for Next Month
Montserrat will once again be showcasing its African ancestry during Cudjoe Head celebrations, which will be held from July 29-30, 2011. The village of Cudjoe Head was named in the 18th Century after a slave by the name of Cudjoe who ran away from his master. He was caught and lynched at Cudjoe Head corner and his head was placed on a silk cotton tree to remind anyone considering running away what the punishment would be if they were caught. The festivities will include performances by steelband, iron band, masqueraders, and a string band, as well as an appearance by Miss Goosy. Other activities include an early morning road race and an exhibition of goods produced in the village. Additionally, the Friday night before the festival known as Cudjoe Head Eve, is a time known for revelry and fun with a street festival that includes live music and vendors. For further information contact Paul Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (664) 492 1611.
Tourist Board Says Farewell to its Marketing Manager
After serving the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) for nearly six (6) years, Marketing Manager Ishwar Persad will be saying farewell in early July. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Ishwar moved to Montserrat in 2005 to work on the first Tourism Development Project (TDP1), which was aimed at rejuvenating a tourism sector that suffered immensely as a result of volcanic activity and insufficient marketing. After a short stint away, he returned in 2008 to work on a second TDP. During his tenure the new destination’s website www.visitmontserrat.com was rolled out, several new high quality brochures were produced, and a monthly e-newsletter and weekend flyer was created. He was also responsible for the advertising programme, managing the overseas offices, organising visits by high profile media and journalists, as well as executing an ongoing visitor exit surveys programme. Ishwar is one of the founders of the not-for-profit Montserrat Running Club, which has successfully hosted two Volcano Half Marathons (www.volcanorunner.com ). He has also run several international marathons, raising funds for local Montserrat charities such as Meals on Wheels, Golden Years Retirement Home and Special Olympics. The Board and staff of the MTB wish him all the best in his new adventures in Zanzibar, East Africa.
Schedule of Activities:
Montserrat Calabash Festival July 17-24, 2011
Date Event Venue Time
Sunday, July 17th
Thanksgiving celebration commemorating 16 years of
A senior citizen will be honoured for community service
Refreshments served following the service
National Neighbourly Day
Show love to your neighbour with a call, a visit, a party,
a gift or even a prayer.
Church of God of
Prophecy, St Johns
Monday, July 18th
By Hon. Minister of Culture and Director of Tourism
explaining the significance of Calabash Festival to
National and Tourism Development and community
Calabash Jog and Stroll
Easy relaxing outdoor exercise
ZJB Radio Station
Cudjoe Head to Little
Tuesday, July 19th
Dr Irish Lecture Series
ECCB hosting symposium on how to make your money
grow in challenging times
featuring guest artiste, church choirs, local community
choirs and performers
St Patricks Catholic
Church, Look Out
Thursday, July 21st
Island Boat Tours
Take a boat ride round the island or up to South and
back to Rendezvous with Green Monkey 496-2960
Buffy 492-1570 or
Please call individual boat operators to make
arrangements for tours.
Little Bay Port TBC
Friday, July 22nd
Grand Food Fair
Sample Caribbean delicacies and delicious foods
Visit the Calabash Exhibition and shop for souvenirs.
Cultural dancers and local musicians will be performing
Calabash Pub Hop
Party with the gang, hit the road, and discover
Montserrat’s unique pubs
Ryan’s Complex, Brades
Hill Top Bar to the
North and back
Saturday, July 23rd
Calabash Hike and Coconut Water Event
An energizing early morning hike with Scriber our local
forest ranger that is not to be missed.
Designer Fashion, Hair & Nail Show
Haute Couture Local Fashion designers and Beauticians
showing off for the crowd.
Centre, Little Bay
Sunday, July 24th
11/11 Cricket Match
Fun rules, hilarious moves, highly competitive cricket
Spectator Calabash Relay Race, You can take part.
Pan and Jazz by the Bay
steel band music,
string band music
jazz performers and a variety of entertainers
lots of food, pig roasting, cashew roasting and local
bon fires and fireworks will light up the sky
(Bring your seat, huge beach towel or blanket)
Little Bay Playing Field
The Montserrat Running Club and MVO Scientific Conference Organising Committee has organised a fun run and walk for Sunday 10th April starting at 7:00am from Moose’s Place in Little Bay to the People’s Place at the top of Fogarthy Hill. The race is open to all members of the public and registration is free of charge and can be done on the morning of the race.Cash prizes sponsored by the MVO Scientific Conference Organising Committee will be available to the top male and female runners and walkers as follows:
First Prize Male & Female Runner: EC$100Second Prize Male & Female Runner: EC$50
First Prize Male & Female Walker: EC$75Second Prize Male & Female Walker: EC$25
Other prizes including T-shirts to be given away to other finishers.
For further information call Henry Odbert at 492 2986.
March 2011 ISSUE
SVG AIR STARTS FLYING TO MONTSERRAT
Getting to Montserrat has gotten easier with the start of air services by St. Vincent Grenadines Air (SVG Air) on March 15th, 2011. The airline currently is operating two daily return scheduled flights between Montserrat and Antigua using 9-seater Islander aircrafts. The one-way airfare per passenger is US$74 (EC$200) plus taxes. SVG Air can also add non-guaranteed flights and/or charters to Antigua and neighbouring island based on requests and on market demand. SVG Air has been in operation since 1990, and is based in St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada, with hangars in St Vincent, Bequia and Canouan. The company operates scheduled and charter flights throughout all the islands of the Caribbean, in particular between Barbados, Nevis, Bequia, Canouan, St Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Marten, Union Island, Mustique, Grenada, St Lucia, St Barts, Anguilla, and Martinique, and also as far afield as Guyana and Jamaica. For reservations and flight information in Montserrat call handling agent Monair at (664) 491 4200 or email email@example.com, and in Antigua, call Express Handling at (268) 562 7183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact SVGs head office in St. Vincent email email@example.com or call (784) 457 5124. More information on the airline can be found at www.svgair.com
MONTSERRAT PLAYS HOST TO 2 HIGH PROFILE MEDIA
The unique tourism product of Montserrat will soon be showcased to a very broad international audience following two recent media trips hosted by the Montserrat Tourist Board. American movie star and travel writer Andrew McCarthy visited the island in mid-February, for an upcoming feature story in Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. Andrew is best known for his roles in the 1980s films St. Elmo’s Fire, Mannequin, Weekend at Bernie’s, Pretty in Pink and Less Than Zero. Caribbean Travel & Life has a total paid circulation of 155,000 and for more than 25 years the magazine has brought the warm-breeze, soft-sand, barefoot feel of the Caribbean to travelers seeking the authentic Caribbean escape. Montserrat also hosted recently the travel editor for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Margaret O’Sullivan. She visited during St Patrick’s Festival, taking part in all the major activities and will be doing a major story for this UK newspaper. The Sunday Telegraph was founded in 1961, is the sister paper of The Daily Telegraph, and one the most widely read newspapers in the UK, with a readership of 1.7 million.
ST. PATRICK’S 2011 ONE OF THE BEST EVER
ï»¿ï»¿From all accounts by visitors and residents, the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival celebrations that were held from March 11-20, were one of the best in recent memory. A strong testament to this fact was the high turnout and participation in activities held during St. Patrick’s Day itself on the March 17th public holiday. St. Patrick’s Day started off with the Freedom Run/Walk from Cudjoe Head to Salem Park, which saw a large numbers of walkers and runners taking part. A large number of costumed visitors and residents, all dressed in various shades of green, then were treated to the food feast, cultural performances and “lime” in Salem that followed, and went on late into the night. Montserrat is the only country outside Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday. Start making plans now to join the craic for next year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Montserrat, which will take place from March 9-18th, 2012. Go to the Montserrat Tourist Board’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat to view photos from this year’s celebrations.
EASTER MONDAY ROAD RELAY
Running enthusiasts from around the globe are invited to sign up their teams to participate in the 2011 Easter Monday Road Relay on April 25th, 2011. This year there will be two distinct races, a men’s relay, followed by the women’s race. All teams will comprise of five (5) persons and interested groups are encouraged to start practicing for the events. The men’s race commences at 6:00 a.m. at the bottom of Lookout in the north, with four (4) changeovers and then finishing up at Salem Park. The women’s relay race begins at 6:30 a.m. from Carr’s Bay junction, with handovers occurring at four different locations, and also finishing up at Salem Park. A number of fun events and competitions will follow the conclusion of the relays at Salem Park. Interested teams are asked to register at the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Community Services and Sports (MYACTS), by calling (664) 491 5703 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKE AN ISLAND TOUR WITH JOE PHILLIP OF AVALON’S TOURS
With over 40 years in the tour and taxi business, Joe Phillip is truly one of the stalwarts of Montserrat’s tourism sector. Also known as Avalon, a nickname he obtained from being a HAM Radio Operator in 1978, Joe was awarded the Montserrat Tourist Board’s “2002 Individual of the Year” for his long career as a professional tour-guide operator. Joe recalls that when he started in the business in 1967, his day tours included sightseeing to some of Montserrat’s great attractions including the Great Alps Waterfall and the Belham Valley Golf Course. With the onset of volcanic activity in 1995 and the loss of major attractions in the south of the island, Joe has had to adjust his tour itineraries significantly, and now offers visits to places such as the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, Jack Boy Hill, Garibaldi Hill, the Montserrat National Trust and the Cultural Centre. “My touring business attracts a lot of yacht travellers because I was highly recommended in a cruising guide to the Leeward Islands written by Chris Doyle,” he commented. He is also proud of the fact that when taking a tour with Avalon Tours, visitors receive very informative brochures and information leaflets about Montserrat and its attractions, which are all researched and printed by him. To book a memorable and adventurous tour with Avalon’s Tours call (664) 492 1565, email email@example.com or visit his website www.avalonstours.com
SVG Air to Commence Scheduled Flights to Montserrat Mid-March
The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Based Airline to offer 2 Daily Return Flights
(Brades, Montserrat – March 4th, 2011): Getting to Montserrat just got easier with the announcement by the Government of Montserrat that St. Vincent Grenadines Air (SVG Air) has been approved to operate daily scheduled commercial air transport services between Montserrat and Antigua.
Two daily return flights with guaranteed seat provisions have been agreed and will commence on Tuesday March 15th, 2011, just in time for the busy St. Patrick’s Festival on Montserrat. The one-way airfare per passenger will be US$74 (EC$200) plus taxes and the time schedule for the guaranteed flights will be as follows:
Departure from Antigua: 7:00 A.M.
Departure from Montserrat: 7:30 A.M.
Departure from Antigua: 4:00 P.M.
Departure from Montserrat: 4:30 P.M.
SVG Air can also add non-guaranteed flights and/or charters to Antigua and neighbouring island based on requests and on market demand.
For reservations and flight information in Montserrat call handling agent Monair at (664) 491 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org , and in Antigua, call Express Handling at (268) 562 7183 or email email@example.com. To contact SVGs head office in St. Vincent email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (784) 457 5124.
ABOUT SVG AIRSt Vincent Grenadines Air (SVG Air) has been in operation since 1990, and is based in St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada, with hangars in St Vincent, Bequia and Canouan. The company operates scheduled and charter flights throughout all the islands of the Caribbean, in particular between Barbados, Nevis, Bequia, Canouan, St Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Marten, Union Island, Mustique, Grenada, St Lucia, St Barts, Anguilla, and Martinique, and also as far afield as Guyana and Jamaica. In mid-March 2011 the airline will commence scheduled flights between Antigua and Barbuda and to Montserrat.