“If I say the top of the day to you, that’s an Irish Blessing, and your answer to me should be and the rest of the day to you.”
Greeting friends and spreading St Patrick’s Day cheer is what Mike Bundock is all about. For a number of years he’s been known as Prince George’s resident Leprechaun.
“My father was born in Dublin, he was very Irish. I was born in Victoria, I’ve lived in this province all my life and I just at some point felt that the pull of my heritage.”
In the past he’s toured around town with a pot of gold. Now he’s decided to slow down, but only a little.
“Saint Patrick and Leprechaun’s are known for their little hi jinx. I don’t do much of that anymore. I tried to just cheer people up and make people feel good. But I think that’s the whole thing with St. Patrick, that’s the joy of feeling and celebration.”
Saint Patrick’s Day is a day know for wearing green and drinking beer. Today around the world 7.5 million pints of Guinness will be consumed. But for Bundock the day is about something more than having a party.
“My job is to put a smile on your lips, a little gladness in your heart, and improve your day.”