Pretty crappy, but I'm confused about two things: Many sources suggest that the Irish left willingly from St. Kitts for Montserrat, trying to escape the religious persecution they were experiencing on St. Kitts. Indentured servants could just leave? And the second question mark is the charge that the Irish themselves had slaves (both at home and while on Montserrat). African slaves even reportedly staged an uprising against the Irish while on Montserrat (the event is celebrated today).
Which is true? Were 25,000 slaves shipped here by Cromwell? Were 150 of them shipped to Crab Island (near St. Thomas) to die of starvation for practicing their Catholic beliefs? Did the Irish do the same thing to Africans? I don't know, but I think it's clear they were badly treated in most places (but if they were making money doing the same thing to others, they were probably early Republicans - sorry, I couldn't help myself). There's been talk of a memorial being built here, but we've never seen it.
Whatever happened, I can see why drinking is part of the whole affair. There are plenty of ways to be Irish for the weekend here in St. Kitts, so just head to the calendar and figure out where you'll be imbibing your green beer.
Please don't wear one of these.