What’s Lucky for You?

Four-leafed clovers, rabbits’ feet and pre-game rituals… we do what we can to capture a bit of serendipity. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we asked a few folks around town what they do for luck.
by Melissa Howsam

Robert Brickey, head coach of the Raleigh Firebirds

“Luck is where hard work, attention to detail and preparation meet opportunity. I firmly believe that if we are prepared and execute our game plan, then put ourselves in position to be successful—the luck shows up!”


Niall Hanley owner and president of Hibernian Hospitality Group

“I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck… then again, sometimes chance does play a part. Right time, right place kind of thing. Oh, and
I never walk under ladders, particularly if there is a person at the top of it. Never.”



Jessica McDonald, forward for the North Carolina Courage

“For luck in my everyday life, I pray. But when I hit the soccer field, I have a routine that I follow that I feel brings me luck during practices and games.”



Deidre O’Malley owner of the Wild Irish Rose Celtic Shop

“Positive affirmations—combined with a dose of humor— enhance lucky thinking. The Irish are known for their luck, arguably due to our use of witty responses toward all of life’s circumstances.”



Scott McInnes, athletic director at Millbrook High School

“I don’t believe in luck, but routines are important for competition. Eating the same type of pregame meal or warm- ing up a certain way before each game is important. We control our controllables: Be prepared, work hard and leave the rest up to God.”