Based in the first novel I read outside of school this captivating story tell the life of a Lucky to be a teacher St. Patrick’s shirt, a larger than life troubled boy who loves and hates way to much. Raught with portrayals of real rural 60’s life and dealing with town community, catholic church abuses and cover ups and the effect of a society that chews up and destroys a free thinking youth. Saint Patrick’s Day is an official Christian holiday since the early 17th century and is observed worldwide by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day celebrates Saint Patrick the person and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is claimed be many that it was actually Saint Declan who brought religion to Ireland.
In the modern world Lucky to be a teacher St. Patrick’s shirt celebrations are greatly influenced the Irish diaspora in North America and as a result many claim that it has been over commercialised. Many feel that there is a tendency in the US to develop fake traditions associate with St. Patrick’s as well as a tendency to confuse some traditions and symbols. For example they confuse lucky clover and the three leaf shamrock and then add the luck of the Irish into into the mix this term which originated in the US and was pejorative because it actually meant only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.