Photograph Stories from Our Advertisers The most distinctive trait of the individual who becomes the Notre Dame leprechaun mascot is not the power to leap, tumble, scream, orate or mug for the camera.

The leprechaun also will not have to appear to be a traditional leprechaun, although the existing leprechaun, the senior John Doran, is a sub-6-foot Irish-American whose fiery beard nearly fits the Fighting Irish’s gold helmets.

Continue reading the primary narrative Beyond that, the individual supporting the leprechaun must love Notre Dame with the kind of earnestness that Doran displayed when discussing Saturday’s season opener.

Auditioning leprechauns are instructed to approach students studying in the library and strike up conversations.

A previous leprechaun told Doran not to “Attempt to be the leprechaun before you or be another leprechaun you saw,” and Doran has tried to maintain that with his passion for his university’s sports.

The leprechaun became the official mascot in 1965, but to get a short interval, he overlapped against the terriers and was their handler.

Beyond the leprechaun’s organization with one of college football’s most iconic teams, he stands out for being one of the last mascots to not feature a mask.

Brown, the former leprechaun, said he didn’t mind the stares.

“You walk around anyw in a leprechaun suit, you are planning to get appearances,” Brown said.