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A Lucky Irish Lad

O'Hara, Kevin

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ISBN 10: 0765318032 / ISBN 13: 9780765318039
Published by Forge, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2010
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. By the author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims. A memoir about growing up Irish in Boston during the 1950s. Book very good plus with little wear. DJ also very good plus. 381 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13284

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Title: A Lucky Irish Lad

Publisher: Forge, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Kevin O’Hara recreates his boyhood with these wonderful stories of growing up in Massachusetts in the 1950s and 60s as one of eight children. His parents, born in Ireland, came to this country for their children’s sake.  His family struggled against grinding poverty but they never gave up and never lost their faith that God had a plan for them. 

Kevin learned the lessons of making do and making things last, and what the true riches of the world are: good health and the love of a united family.  All these lessons grounded him as he reached adulthood...and was sent off to fight in wilds of Vietnam as a reluctant solider.

This book will tug at your heart and make you cry tears of both sorrow and joy.  It is a story about the Irish-American experience but it is much more--it’s the story of a generation growing up in the shadow of the Second World War and the start of a new age of hope and promise, a time when people believed that anything was possible as long as you dared to dream and had faith in yourself.

And a little Irish luck couldn’t hurt either.

About the Author:

Kevin O’Hara is the author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, an autobiographic telling of his travels around the coastland of Ireland with his beloved donkey Missy.  A psychiatric nurse for more than 25 years, O'Hara still resides in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the place to which his parents emigrated.

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