St. Paddy’s day

If you see groups of sporty-looking people in matching T-shirts, leprechaun hats, green beads, and red beards in the Seven Mile Beach area one evening this month, it must be St. Patrick’s Day, and that means it’s time for the Irish Jog.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Cayman Islands is synonymous with Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites hosting the Irish Jog. For 24 years, the family-friendly 5K has been a highlight of the community calendar and this year will be no different.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. sharp, the ‘race’ course goes through the Britannia Estate and around the Britannia Golf Course, providing a safe and scenic route for runners and walkers alike. Although it’s not officially timed, the first across the line is always noted, making it a coveted title among serious racers. Every participant receives a T-shirt (and previous years’ shirts are worn with pride!), along with an item or two of “fun wear” to liven up the normal exercise attire.

Another reason that the race is so popular is that it’s one of the islands’ most affordable races to enter. With all expenses taken care of by Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites, every participant’s $10 registration fee goes directly to charity. The funds raised by the 2016 Jog will go to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. The cadets are long-time supporters of the Jog, having provided safety volunteers at points around the course for several years.

A few important details to note:

Registration forms and FAQs can be downloaded from www.caymanactive.com or www.ky.butterfieldgroup.com

Registration and packet-pickup takes place:

  • 2nd Floor Reception, Butterfield Place, 12 Albert Panton Street: Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Britannia Golf Shop: Wednesday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Britannia Golf Shop: JOG DAY, Thursday, March 17 from Noon – 5:15 p.m.

Car-pooling is recommended. There will be limited parking available at the Britannia Golf Course, just off the entrance by the bypass.

For more information, visit the websites above or e-mail irishjog@butterfieldgroup.com.

Pubs Aplenty

On Thursday, March 17, everyone will be wearing the green as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Heading to resident pubs such as Fidel Murphy’s and Whiskey Mist should be a given, and be sure (to be sure, to be sure) to indulge in at least one pint of Guinness.

Fidel Murphy’s in Queen’s Court Plaza will be starting pretty early in the day, with live music on the schedule later in the evening. When the hunger hits you, order one of the dishes off the menu that’ll take you back to the Emerald Isle.

Whiskey Mist, with its multiple themed rooms, located in the Strand on Seven Mile, is known for its authentic decor and variety of entertainment.

The King’s Head Pub has recently opened in Camana Bay, complete with resident bulldog, Winston. Stop by and drink in the atmosphere.

Top 5 Facts

1. The Irish take St. Patrick’s Day seriously
As you might expect, Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge deal in his old stomping grounds. It’s a national holiday in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Of course, everyone else is Irish for the day.

2. So do New Yorkers
New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Since 1762, 250,000 marchers have traipsed up Fifth Avenue on foot – the parade still doesn’t allow floats, cars, or other modern trappings.

st-paddy[1]3. Chicago feels lucky too
Chicago has a spectacle all its own. The city has been celebrating Saint Patrick by dumping green dye into the Chicago River since 1962. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!

4. It’s the thought that counts
From 1999 to 2007, the Irish village of Dripsey proudly touted that it hosted the Shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the World. The route ran for 26 yards between two pubs. Today, Hot Springs, Arkansas claims the title for brevity – its brief parade runs for 98 feet.

5. The world runs up quite a bar tab
A 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations at $245 million. And that’s before tips to pubs’ bartenders.