Dublin musician Martin Healy is celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the Caribbean and will play his part in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on the island of Montserrat.

Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St Patrick’s Day with a national holiday.

"When you land they stamp your passport with a shamrock. These guys have decided they're Paddys and they're staying Paddys," said Healy.

The island attracted many Irish Catholics in the 17th century; many of the Irishmen were former servants on the British West Indian islands.

Each year St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with a weeklong festival in 30-degree heat and includes parades, parties and plenty of Guinness.

Locals share family names such as Sweeney and O'Garro, they dress in green clothes and take part in the masquerade dance, which is a Montserrat version of an Irish jig.

Healy has celebrated St Patrick’s Day on the island with his son Andy for the last three years.

"It's a paradise island and the people are fantastic -- every single one of them considers themselves Irish," continued Healy.
 

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