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    Cayman Irish love sun, beaches – and GAA

    By Noreen Bowden | October 9, 2008

    About 250 Irish people live in the Cayman Islands, according to a report on Cayman Net News.

    The news service interviews several Irish natives, who report that the sun, the beaches and the relaxed lifestyle of the Carribean nation were major draws.

    While several noted they miss familiar Irish favourites such as Tayto and a good Irish fry-up, there’s one thing they don’t miss: Gaelic football. There is an active GAA club, and they’ve been playing the sport on the island since 1987. A Gaelic football match is at the centre of the island’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations every year.

    Dublin native Lisa McGinty, a marketing and PR executive, says it was her arrival in Cayman in 2007 that prompted her to take up the sport:she “started playing Gaelic football last April for the first time. I had to come all the way to the Caribbean to learn how to play the national sport of Ireland.”

    Read “The Irish of Cayman” on Cayman Net News.

    Visit the Cayman GAA Club website.

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