Imagine you are the ultimate Notre Dame fan, an institutionalized part of Irish legend and lore. To you, and your tiny green hat, the crowd turn and roar as your little feet carry you and your giant flag from end zone to end zone. Now, imagine it’s the fourth quarter and the Irish are rampant. You control the gathered masses, a miniature Mussolini with no need of a balcony. For you, a hyper-exaggerated ‘First Down’ is all you need to throw the assembled hoard into a frenzy of applause and adulation. Now, try doing it during the bad years.
Life as the Notre Dame Leprechaun: Behind the Face of the Fighting Irish is the new book from author Daniel Colt Collins about his experiences as the man in the little green suit. Immediately, as you move from the nerve-wracking try outs fraught with microphone failures to his ultimate retirement and an emotional farewell address from Father Hesburgh, Daniel’s story wraps you in an honest, and personal, experience and you’d be less of a fan to put it down.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Daniel weaves a narrative that is at once as intensely personal as it is universal in its appeal. You are just as likely to remember that he’s an Alumni Hall (poor bastard) guy as he was the Gold Leprechaun, tasked with selecting his successors.
If you are in the market for a great Notre Dame story, you should strongly consider Daniel’s book. You can order it here. Or, if you’re on campus for the Temple game, you can meet the author on Friday, August 30. You can tweet the author @TheNDleprechaun