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  1. John H Leahy, '59, '64 JD says:

    Bob Cahill (may he RIP) gave Clashmore Mike away some time after 1964. He knew an elderly lady in South Bend & gave it to her. (This was the Clashmore Mike that lived with me in the stadium (1961-1964). Joe Dierickx, Rockne’s brother -in- law and the stadium manager when the stadium was built in 1930 until he died, said if I was going to live in the stadium I had to take care of Clashmore. Mostly that meant running around to find him. This was the last of Clashmore Mike as the leprechaun took over from then on. I did nearly lose him once. Dierickx crew came in on a Sunday morning after a Saturday game. Clashmore wanted to run around & I figured he couldn’t get in trouble running around in the stadium. But he managed to find the gate at the tunnel at the north end open & made his escape. I thought…”how do I tell Fr. Hesburgh I lost the Irish terrier mascot. You don’t! After several hours driving around in my black VW bug, Clashmore came happily out of a clump of bushes and hopped into the back seat. Now…how do you tell Fr. Hesburgh Clashmore had just violated the 6th commandment. Well…again…you don’t!! So unless Fr. Hesburgh reads this, he still doesn’t know!

  2. G’Day! Notre,
    Thanks, on a related note Notre Dame calls itself the Fighting Irish, has leprechaun mascots and alleges to have Irish ties, however in Ireland (where I’m from) itself hardly anybody has even heard of Notre Dame, nevermind knowing anything about the fighting Irish.

    So does Notre Dame have any actual ties with Ireland? I know ND are going to be playing a football game there in 2012, I hope they won’t be too upset when they realise that very few Irish people know who they are!
    Keep up the posts!

    • Notre Dame was founded by a French priest in 1842, but during the 19th century many Notre Dame students came from Irish ancestry, as did the professed religious professors and administrators. It would be impossible to tell exact numbers as ethnicities were not recorded. Rev. William Corby, University President after the Civil War, was chaplain of the famous Irish Brigade. Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, University President 1905-1919, was very sympathetic to the cause of Irish independence. Many notable Irish men and women have visited Notre Dame, including Eamon de Valera in 1919 and William Butler Yeats several times in the early 1900s. Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and President Mary McAleese were commencement speakers in 1994 and 2006, respectively. Notre Dame continues relations in Ireland with a study abroad at the University College Dublin. While most people in Ireland do not know about Notre Dame, Notre Dame has long had a fascination with Ireland, her history, and her culture.

  1. March 11, 2013

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