Luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we will see a sea of green as people pretend to be Irish for just one day. The Irish sure are a lucky bunch. Or at least that’s what people say. We’ve all heard the saying, “Luck of the Irish,” but what does it really mean and where did this saying come from? It actually originated in the second half of the 19th century during the gold and silver rush in America. The Irish and Irish American miners were said to have had the best luck while searching for their mining fortunes. For many years, this was a derogatory saying because it was perceived that those people could only succeed by dumb luck and not with their brains alone.

Although this is likely the most accurate version of its origins, there are also several people across the world who believe that this phrase really refers to Ireland’s favorite mascot, the leprechaun. Stories of these mythical creatures living on the Emerald Isle say that they lived in abundance, forever protecting their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They successfully hid their good fortunes in an impossible to reach place.

Everyone wishes to be as lucky as the Irish, especially on this day of the year. However, when it comes to electrical hazards (bet you didn’t see this part coming) don’t rely on luck, wear your PPE!

Have a safe and lucky day!

Jessica