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Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man – by Norman ryan

Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man is a one of a kind book. From growing up on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat in the 40’s and 50’s, to his life in England, Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man by Norman Ryan gives a fascinating look at the life of one of the most well known business men on the island.

Memoir of a Montserratian Businessman, book by Norman Ryan
Memoir of a Montserratian Businessman, book by Norman Ryan

Featuring fun stories and valuable life lessons, it gives a whole new look as to what life on the islands is really like. This book covers points in history that many are too young to remember, making it also a priceless artifact. This book covers so many aspects of Norman Ryan’s life, including his childhood on the island, his travels abroad, the impact of natural disasters and the entrepreneurial spirit. For anyone wanting to learn about the islands most prominent business man, Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man is a must read.

Printed in the 2018 Souvenir Booklet for the Alliouagana Festival of the Word (AFW), ISBN 9 789769 662001.

St.Patrick’s Day recipes from Paul Rankin

St Patrick’s Day Recipes from Paul Rankin

For Immediate Release

(11 March 2014, Toronto, ON) — Wishing you a Happy St Patrick’s Day, Northern Ireland’s Celebrity Chef Paul Rankin shares his favorite Irish recipes to enjoy on March 17th. Please feel free to publish, share and post.

St Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate all that is wonderful about Irish produce and cooking. So what could be better than using the whole day to celebrate the culinary delights of the Emerald Isle? I have selected one of my favourite St Patrick’s inspired recipes for you to try at home. Make this St Patrick’s Day one to remember with this Irish Coffee Tart & Brown Bread Parfait.” Paul Rankin

Irish Coffee Tart

A dark and sumptuous tart with smooth chocolate as the background for the coffee and whiskey flavors. The ultimate touch is the Bailey’s Irish cream in the topping, but you could leave that out if preferred.

SERVES 8 – 10


For the base:

125 g. unsalted butter, diced
25 g. soft golden brown sugar
45 g. sugar
125 g. plain flour
1 ½ Tbsp. cornflour
pinch of salt
175 g. toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

for the tart filling:

300 ml. double cream
100 ml. single cream
100 ml. Bushmill’s Irish whiskey
300 g. dark chocolate, finely chopped
100 g. milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. coffee extract ( or very strong coffee )
2 eggs

for the topping:

½ leaf or 1 tsp. powdered gelatine
250 ml. whipping cream
150 g. icing sugar
4 Tbsp. Bailey’s Irish Cream


Preheat the oven to 170’C. / 325’F.

Process the butter, sugars, flour, corn flour, salt, and half of the prepared hazelnuts to a crumbly texture and pat into the base of a 23 cm. springform tin in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 160’C. / 310’F.

For the filling, bring the double and single creams to the boil together, remove from heat, and add the Bushmill’s and coffee extract. Cool slightly before stirring in the chopped chocolates. Stir and when they have melted, stir in the eggs. Pour the filling over the cooked base, and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for approx. 20 minutes until just set, but still slightly wobbly at the centre. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

To make the topping, soften the gelatine in 2 Tbsp. cold water for a few minutes, heat gently to dissolve, then set aside to cool slightly. Beat the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks, sift in the icing sugar, and mix in the gelatine and Bailey’s. Spread in an even layer over the chocolate filling and leave to set.

Serve in slices with a chocolate sauce and lightly whipped cream with the remaining hazelnuts scattered over and around the cake.

Brown Bread Parfait with Bushmills Prunes

SERVES 4 – 6



70 g. white chocolate, chopped
175 ml. Double cream
2 Tbsp. milk
¼ vanilla pod, split
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. Bushmills whiskey
175 g. Irwin’s stoneground brown soda bread, crusts removed, and broken up to pea size crumbs


200 ml. Water
50 ml. Orange juice
175 g. sugar
½ lemon1/2 orange
120 g. pitted prunes
4 – 6 Tbsp. Bushmills whiskey


To make the parfait, melt the white chocolate. Place half the cream, the milk, and the
vanilla on to boil in a small pan.

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. When the cream mix has come to the boil, slowly pour it on to the yolk/sugar mixture, whisking continuously. Return to a medium heat and cook out over a low heat until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. When it is ready, strain through a fine sieve into a mixing bowl, and allow to cool slightly.

Add the custard to the melted chocolate, and fold in the bread crumbs. Place in the fridge to chill for about ½ hour.

Whip the remaining cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold it and the Bushmills together with the custard mix.

Pour into individual ramekins, ( approx. 100 ml. Size ) and place in the freezer, for at least 2 – 3 hours, or even over night. ( If it is too hard, take from freezer to fridge for about an hour or two before serving. )

Place the water, orange juice, sugar, orange, and lemon in a medium pan, and bring to the boil. Add the prunes, cover, and summer gently until soft, about 20 minutes. Take off the heat, remove the lemon half, and orange half, and add the Bushmills. Set to one side.

To serve, demold by dipping each ramekin into hot water for a couple seconds, just to loosen, and then run a sharp knife around the edge. Carefully tip out the parfait into the centre of each plate, and surround with the Bushmill laced prunes, and a little of the prune juice. Garnish with mint and icing sugar as desired.

Serve and enjoy!

Celebrate St.Patrick’s in Toronto!

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 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!

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Montserrat:Still Home… Still Nice…!!!

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:- Make sure to include this link in your letter to the BBC.The e-mail address to write to is 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

Montserrat’s Volcano Hazard Level Lowered! Nov 2011 news.

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.


News from Montserrat . August 2011 issue

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 or email, Tel: 664 491 3086.

Upcoming Events

Launch of Festival (Our Carnival)
October 1st, 2011

Police, Fire Search & Rescue Community Week
October 29th – November 5th, 2011

Alliougana Festival of the Word
November 11th – 13th , 2011

Volcano Half Marathon & Fun Run
November 26th, 2011

News from Montserrat. May 2011 issue

    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 or go to


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 or send an e-mail to 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  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 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 ( ). 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.

Upcoming Events

Queen’s Birthday Celebration
June 18th, 2011

Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
June 20th, 2011

Montserrat Calabash Festival
July 17th – 24th , 2011

Cudjoe Head Celebrations
July 29th – 30th, 2011

Emancipation Day (Public Holiday)
August 1st, 2011
St. Peter’s Parish Bazaar 
August 1st, 2011

Montserrat Calabash Festival July 17-24, 2011 Schedule of activities

Schedule of Activities:

Montserrat Calabash Festival July 17-24, 2011

Date Event Venue Time

Sunday, July 17th

Church Service

Thanksgiving celebration commemorating 16 years of

volcanic activity

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

Throughout Montserrat

10:00 am

All Day

Monday, July 18th

Radio Address

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


8:00 am


Tuesday, July 19th

Dr Irish Lecture Series

ECCB hosting symposium on how to make your money

grow in challenging times

Ryan’s Complex,



Wednesday, July


Gospel Concert

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

Quan 496-2080

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.

Dry Waterfall

Montserrat Cultural

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

Enjoy live:

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

Little Bay


6:00 pm

April 10th, 2011 a Fun Run and Walk during the MVO Scientific Conference in Montserrat

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 HillThe 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.

News from Montserrat. March 2011 issue

March 2011 ISSUE

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, and in Antigua, call Express Handling at (268) 562 7183 or email To contact SVGs head office in St. Vincent email or call (784) 457 5124. More information on the airline can be found at


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.


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 to view photos from this year’s celebrations.

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


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 or visit his website

Upcoming Events

Labour Month
May 1st, 2011

Local Fishing Tournament
May 1st, 2011

Nurses Week
May 12th, 2011

MVO Scientific Conference 
April 4th – 8th, 2011
For more information go to

Good Friday
April 22nd, 2011

Easter Monday 
April 25th, 2011

Easter Monday Road Relay
April 25th, 2011