A volcanic island in the Caribbean Sea, Montserrat is home to a branch of the O’Gara clan.

Montserrat is only one of three places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, along with Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador. It is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean.

Some members of the O’Gara family settled Montserrat with other Irish refuges after fleeing the nearby islands of St. Kitts and Nevis where they had been brought from Ireland as endentured servants. Over time, as the new immigrants married the local natives, a distinct branch of the O’Gara clan, along with other Irish clans, emerged.

The locals now resemble their African ancestors, but speak English with the brogue of their Irish forefathers! They also retained their Irish surnames. The phone directory lists 38 families named O’Garro, a spelling evolved from the original O’Gara.

sources: Montserrat 411 news – How Irish is Montserrat (The Black Irish) by B. McGinn,
WikipediaThe Montserrat Tourist Board and Youtube: The Black Irish of Montserrat.




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4 Responses to Montserrat

  1. My mother was born Genevieve Lorraine O’Gara b.04/13/24 d. 05/30/84

  2. Kai-Ella O Gara says:

    I’m related to the o Gara clan in monserta I would love to see my ancestory and where we became black for I still live in Ireland and am white

  3. My Dad, James O’Garro, and his parents George and Beatrice O’Garro were all born in Montserrat, but migrated to the nearby island of Antigua. It would be nice to trace the lineage back to Ireland.

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