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Published:Sunday | March 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Red Stripe Managing Director Alan Barnes enjoying the party with wife Joan (left) and Lisa-May Pengelley.
Red Stripe's Dave DaCosta (left) and Diageo's Rob Hobart (centre) reason with Pepsi's Andrew Reid.
Gordon Craig (left) of Total makes his point to Red Stripe boss Alan Barnes
Brian Pengelley (right), Red Stripe's distribution manager, raps with LDigicel jamaica boss Mark Linehan and his nephew, Patrick Linehan.
Digicel boss Mark Linehan's headgear is proving too much for wife Leisha and elicits the only natural response: laughter!
Who's the little leprechaun then? It's Digicel's shelly-Ann Curran.
Red Stripe boss Alan Barnes (left) and wife Joan (second left) welcome Omar and Lezanne Azan to the proceedings
Luck of the Irish! Good ol' boys (from left) Mark Parkinson, Paul Davis and Niall O'Toole are in the spirit.
Red Stripe Managing Director Alan Barnes pours a glass of Guineness draught. Who's thirsty?

Leprechauns and hats, lucky charms and plenty of Guinness took over Rib Kage on Wednesday, March 17 in a big St Patrick's Day party.

Beer company Red Stripe, through the Guinness brand, helped the Irish and their Jamaican friends celebrate the feast day of St Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. The Irish love their Guinness and Jamaicans have quite a taste for it as well, so there was plenty for guests to enjoy. You could have either the smoother Guinness draught (straight from the tap) or the always popular Extra Stout (from the bottle). But there were other brews in Red Stripe's awesome line-up of potent potables to quench the thirst.

mix of cultures

The venue couldn't have been more suitable as Rib Kage's finger-licking food complemented the beverages nicely. Red Stripe mixed both Jamaican and Irish cultures with the Shady Squad's take on Riverdance, while Touch of Elegance performed rousing folk pieces from both countries. A few Red Stripe Project Artiste contestants also showed their stuff, backed by a School of Music live band. In-between, there was an excellent mix of recorded music, covering Irish classics like Cockles and Mussels to more tub-thumping jams from Irish groups like The Corrs' Breathless.

Guests out included Dianne Ashton-Smith, Don and Ayesha Creary, Garth Walker, Leighton Davis, Chris Ebanks, Georgia Hemmings, Julian Richardson, Marsha Lumley, Debra Taylor, Kamal Bankay, William Mahfood, Winsome Jureidini, Carol Francis, Ross Sheil, Kavelle Anglin-Christie, Jerome Hamilton, Brian Schmidt, Niall Sheehy, Renée Wong, Antonia Graham, Al Edwards, David Magnus, Zachary Harding, Wayne Boodasingh and Marguerite Cremin.