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Mc­court is a great be­liever in fate. He sees life as a se­ries of chances that al­most all went his way. He takes out an old, worn re­li­gious medal of his grand­mother’s that he has car­ried ev­ery day in his pocket for 28 years and rubs it gen­tly.

“I’d have a ner­vous break­down if I lost it. My grand­mother was not even sup­posed to come to Amer­ica, her best friend got deathly sick three days be­fore the boat left and gave her the ticket. So, a 16-year-old girl got a ticket and she had three days to de­cide whether she was go­ing to leave Ire­land to go to Amer­ica and she did, with every­thing she owned in one lit­tle chest — which I still have. So if her friend hadn’t got sick, I wouldn’t ex­ist.”

The chest is the cen­tre­piece of his liv­ing room at his home in the States, as a con­stant re­minder to his own chil­dren of chance mo­ments that gave them a com­fort­able life.

“You know, most peo­ple fight what’s nat­u­rally hap­pen­ing. They just fight it and fight it. I let it come to me. That al­lows me to be re­ally calm in sit­u­a­tions of huge stress. If I have a prob­lem I go for a walk and I’ll see some­thing and I’ll say there’s the an­swer, it’s right in front of me. But you have to have a con­fi­dence that it’ll be okay. That’s faith.”

Mc­court was the youngest of seven chil­dren and the fam­ily’s prospects im­proved with the grow­ing suc­cess of his fa­ther’s con­tract­ing busi­ness.

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