The University of Notre Dame says it does not plan on changing it’s nickname any time soon. University officials released a statement saying: Notre Dame’s nickname – Fighting Irish – began as a term of derision directed against the university’s athletic teams.
Why is Notre Dame mascot a leprechaun?
“The leprechaun, of course, is symbolic of the Fighting Irish and intentionally a caricature. It also originated – in England – as a derisive symbol of Irish people, which Irish-Americans – including those at Notre Dame – again have turned back on former oppressors as a sign of celebration and triumph,” they explained.
Why is it called a leprechaun?
The origin of leprechauns
Their name is thought to come from the word “luchorpán,” meaning small body– no surprise there as they are said to be only 2-3 feet tall. Where do these little folk live? In order to hide from humans, they are known to dwell in tiny underground caves or hollow tree trunks.
Why is it called Fighting Irish?
The most generally accepted explanation is that the press coined the nickname as a characterization of Notre Dame athletic teams, their never-say-die fighting spirit and the Irish qualities of grit, determination and tenacity. … “The term ‘Fighting Irish’ has been applied to Notre Dame teams for years.