Sean Kelly is umpteenth-generation Canadian-Irish. He left teaching to edit the National Lampoon. He writes for children's television (Noddy and Friends) and is co-author of several books, including Saints Preserve Us!, Who in Hell . . . , and Boom Baby Moon.
Rosemary Rogers, who lives in Manhattan, is the co-author of Saints Preserve Us!, Who in Hell . . . , and Boomer Babes. Both of her parents were born in Ireland.
Luck has nothing to do with it!
Of course you want to be Irish. Look what it did for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sinead, Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, JFK, Seamus Heaney, Angela's Ashes, and all those Riverdancers. But until now, the secrets of how to be Irish have been hidden in a Celtic Twilight of blather and blarney.
Now this easy-to-read (with plenty o' pictures) handbook dares to tell you:
How to have an Irish name
How to talk, look, and act Irish
How to vote Irish
How to have thin skin, a terrible temper, and the gift of gab
Whether you're proudly Irish, anti-Irish, fallen-away Irish, or would-be Irish--that is to say, if you're a living, breathing human being--How to Be Irish is for you.
Learn (to your surprise) who's really Irish and who's only passing!
Discover (to your astonishment) your own underground Irish roots!
And brace yourself, Bridget, for the shocking (if brief) history of Irish-American sex!