Cayman is a melting pot of cultures, and it’s inevitable that the Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s Day is among the occasions observed locally throughout the year. So, gear up in green and prepare for hearty celebrations at some of the island’s popular venues. Read the following pointers and you’ll have more than just good luck on your side throughout the day.
But first of all…….
A brief history of St. Patrick’s Day
Shamrocks, leprechauns, and green everywhere; many people around the world recognise at least a few of the symbols of the iconic holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, but do you know its history in detail?
St. Patrick’s Day is named for St. Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. According to his autobiographical account, Confession of Saint Patrick, he was born in Roman Britain, and when he was 16, was captured by pirates and held captive in Ireland for six years.
Later, St. Patrick experienced a dream in which an angel informed him that a ship awaited him. Believing this to be a vision from God, he escaped his captors, requested passage on a vessel, and returned to his family.
However, acting on a second dream, he later returned to Ireland as a missionary. During this time, he used shamrocks to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick continues to be venerated in Ireland.
And as for the green colour? It may surprise you to learn that the original colour of St. Patrick’s Day was, in fact, blue, the colour of the Order of St. Patrick. However, due to Ireland’s green landscapes and flag stripe, green saw an increasing association with Irish identity which eventually led to its gradual adoption for the holiday.
Of course, there are also those leprechauns said to pinch anyone who forgets the green attire required to render oneself invisible to the pesky creatures.
Choose from an elaborate itinerary at Fidel Murphy’s
With its rich atmosphere, Fidel Murphy’s has become one of the most popular sites for anyone in search of a pint and a place to connect with friends amidst an authentic Irish atmosphere, and thus it’s fitting that the pub and restaurant is one of the foremost locations celebrating the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day.
Head out to Fidel Murphy’s Public House tonight (Friday, March 15) for the Rugby Club Karaoke fundraiser, which features live music from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., followed by karaoke, or visit The Kitchen for an Acoustic Whiskey Session combining the pleasures of taste and sound.
This Saturday, March 16, Fidel Murphy’s hosts its main event: the Official Guinness St. Patrick’s Weekend Party. Kick back and watch the Rugby 6 Nationals Finals during a beer garden party with live Irish music by Darren Brereton, David Dunne, and Thomas Keane, and a performance by the JR Douglas Band. Complementing the experience is authentic Irish cuisine, prizes, and even a henna artist.
Sunday features the glorious King of the Town competition, where you have the chance to earn that title, and a keg party, by engaging in “light hearted antics” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For a more relaxing celebration, there is the All You Can Eat Guinness and Bubbly Brunch at The Kitchen where, for $80, guests can enjoy authentic Irish food and endless refills.
Enjoy a royal night at King’s Head
The King’s Head in Camana Bay is prepared to host an all-out celebration lasting the entire weekend.
Head out tonight for Happy Hour as you build anticipation for the grand two days ahead.
Then, on Saturday, March 16, drink green beer for $4 while you watch upcoming Rugby matches including Ireland vs. Wales at 9:45 a.m. and England vs. Scotland at 12 p.m.
Finally, continue to revel in the occasion with your friends, as it’s an all-day party Sunday, naturally complete with DJs and dancing.
Take to the outdoors for the St Patrick’s Day 5k Irish Jog
A highly popular fun run which sees numerous local and international attendees each year, the St. Patrick’s Day 5k Irish Jog is suited to those who wish to celebrate the occasion in the fresh air with the course at the Britannia Green Space seeming to imitate the rolling landscape of the Emerald Isle.
Whether you are a world-class runner or simply looking to stroll along with the kids, the family-friendly jog has something to offer.
Co-sponsored by Butterfield and Dart, the event includes prizes that are practically a pot of gold; some of the offerings in store for 2019 include movie passes, dinners for two, and spa treatments. The funds gathered from the run help to support the Alex Panton Foundation.
The event is held late this afternoon, Friday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m., and participants can register today at the Britannia Green Space from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Entry is $10 per person (US $12).
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