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The Other Emerald Isle.

J.J. O`Shea takes a look at the unique historical connections between Ireland and the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, which is the only country, other than Ireland, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a National Holiday. He  explores the cultural life of the island with a particular focus on the vibrant local music and the important role played by calypso. The impact of the volcanic eruptions in the 90s and the future prospects for the island are also considered. Music includes examples of the indigenous String Band and Drum and Fife styles. Contributors include poet and historian Sir Howard Fergus, broadcaster Rose Willock and Calypsonian Herman “Cupid” Francis.

Written and presented by J.J. O`Shea.

A J.J.O’Shea Production for RTE lyricfm made with the support of the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme, a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland initiative.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 3 May, 7pm-8pm