Celtic Shop owner Lynn Thorn recommends book about Irish soccer team

‘Finn McCool’s Football Club’ is all about perseverance, she says.
Published March 14
Updated March 14

Thorn plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at work. A former resident of England, she has owned the Celtic Shop at 354 Main St., Dunedin, for 10 years. It is a business filled with merchandise honoring the Celtic nations of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

“It’s interesting how we here in the U.S. celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day more than those in Ireland,” said Thorn, 67. “They do celebrate but it’s really not so big. It is a different feeling. So even though the day is a busy one for me, I do think of it as the day Ireland honors everything good St. Patrick did for the country.”

What’s on your nightstand?

I just finished A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron. I always have a book in my hand. I recently read an interesting Irish book, too. It was on an Irish football club, Finn McCool’s Football Club: The Birth, Death and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead, by Stephen Rea. While I lived in Europe, I enjoyed soccer and rugby. I enjoyed watching in the local pub.

Was there something in the book that has stuck with you?

I would say the perseverance, how determined the guys were.