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A Lucky Irish Lad

A Lucky Irish Lad

Kevin O'Hara

Forge Books


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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 the 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.


Praise for A Lucky Irish Lad

“With great affection and narrative skill Kevin O'Hara brings back an era that needs to be remembered--a moment common to many Irish Americans.” —Mary Pat Kelly, author of Galway Bay

“Kevin O'Hara's memoir of being Irish and growing up in small-town America of the Fifties and Sixties captures the time, the place, and the ethnic family values with such an unerring eye that you'll hear the bands on the Fourth of July, taste Mallow cup candies, share in the cadences of the rosary--and smell a young draftee's fear in the horror that was the Vietnam War. This memoir is a tour de force.” —Patrick Taylor, New York Times best selling author of An Irish Country Doctor

“A story of growing up Irish and American that will stir deep emotions in every reader. Read it now and enjoy the movie later!” —Thomas Fleming, winner of the Lincoln Prize for Lifetime Achievement in History; and the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

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About the author

Kevin O'Hara

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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