Irish Town Jamaica

Irish Town Jamaica

Irish Town Jamaica Mammee River Rd climbs to Irish Town, a small village where the coopers lived during the 19th century. Potatoes are still an important crop, reflecting the Irish influence. Largely famous for one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts, it also contains St Mark’s Chapel, an attractive white clapboard church restored after damage from Hurricane Gilbert. The pleasant Observation Deck Gallery features sculpture and painting by local artist Tiffany Recas; it can be found just below the town. A little further up the road, the excellent Cafe Blue, the offshoot of the popular Kingston institution, serves sumptuous gourmet sandwiches and Blue Mountain coffee, while the adjoining Crystal Edge specializes in Jamaican favorites, such as curry goat, and is popular for Sunday brunch.From Irish Town, a dirt road runs up to the fundamentalist Rastafarian commune called Mount Zion Hill, consisting of just over 50 adults and children who rely on subsistence farming for a living. Though fierce in their rejection of Babylon, the residents can be seen on Papine Sq every Saturday when they come down to hold a Nyabinghi Sabbath Service consisting of drumming and dancing. Read more: www.lonelyplanet.com

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