keeping with the nickname Fighting Irish and the Irish
folklore, the Leprechaun serves as the Notre Dame mascot. The
Notre Dame logo features a side view of the figure with
his dukes up, ready to battle anyone that comes his
way. The live version is a student, chosen annually
at tryouts, dressed in a cutaway green suit and Irish
The Leprechaun brandishes a shillelagh
and agressively leads cheers and interacts with the
crowd, supposedly bringing magical powers and good luck
to the Notre Dame team. The Leprechaun wasn't always
the official mascot of Notre Dame - for years the team
was represented by a series of Irish terrier dogs. The
first, named Brick Top Shuan-Rhu, was donated by one
Charles Otis of Cleveland and presented to Irish head
coach Knute Rockne the weekend of the Notre Dame-Pennsylvania
game Nov. 8, 1930.
A number of terriers later took the
role of the school mascot, which usually took the name
Clashmore Mike. The Clashmore Mike mascot last made
an appearance on the cover of the 1963 Notre Dame Football
Dope Book with coach Hugh Devore and captain Bob Lehmann.
The Leprechaun was named the official mascot in 1965.
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