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Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman) is the luckiest person in the world, at least according to his best friend Russell Halloway (Glenndon Chatman). Kyle jokingly attributes it to a good luck charm given to him by his leprechaun mother Kate O'Reilly (Marita Geraghty). When his luck suddenly changes and he realizes that the lucky charm has been stolen by fear dearg Seamus McTiernen (Timothy Omundson), Kyle must enlist the help of his leprechaun granddad Reilly O'Reilly (Henry Gibson) to get it back in order to save the luck of the entire clan O'Reilly.

No. The Luck of the Irish is based on a screenplay from screenwriter Andrew Price.

The story goes that the good luck coin has to be worn by the youngest member of the O'Reilly clan. This assures that the O'Reilly leprechauns will continue to maintain their human form.

Kyle's mother, being a leprechaun, married outside of her heritage. Her husband Bobby (Paul Kiernan) changed his last name (Smith) to Johnson so that Kate's family couldn't find them.

Kyle's lucky coin is supposed to be made of gold. In chemistry class, however, he finds that the coin he is wearing is made of either iron, cobalt, or nickel because it reacts to magnetic forces, something that a pure gold coin shouldn't do. This makes him realize that his lucky coin has been stolen and replaced with a forgery.

What is a fear dearg?

A fear dearg (pronounced "far darrig"; translation: red man) is a mischievous trickster from Irish mythology. It is called a red man because the fear dearg is said to wear red clothes.

As McTiernen walks through the crowds before doing his step dancing show, he brushes against Kyle and makes the switch.

Seamus wants to be the king of all leprechauns. He thinks that by possessing all the lucky coins of the various clans he can attain that power.

Eggs, a rasher of bacon, potato cakes, bangers (a sausage made from pork and bread crumbs), and black and white pudding. Black pudding is a sausage made of pork and pig's blood. White pudding is similar to black pudding without the blood. Eggs, Irish bacon and/or bangers, and black pudding is what is called a traditional breakfast in northern England, Scotland, and parts of Ireland. It usually also includes beans and fried tomatoes.

For his lunch, she packs him crubeens and colcannon. Crubeens are pig's feet. Colcannon is mashed potatoes with cabbage.

What is a 'bonnyclabber'?

When Kate begins to revert back to her leprechaun heritage, Bobby asks whether she's feeling all right and Kate replies, 'I might drink a bit of a warm bonnyclabber before I go to bed.' Kate is referring to bainne clabair (Irish 'milk of the clapper'), that is, sour (clabbered) milk.

What is hurling?

After a basketball game, Kyle's mom says that he should be "hurling" instead of playing basketball. Hurling is a traditional Irish game similar to hockey. The object of the game is for players to use a wooden axe-shaped stick called a hurley (or hurl) to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents' goalposts into a net guarded by a goalkeeper.

What does "blarney" mean?

Blarney can be translated to mean "nonsense" or "sweet talk". It derives from a stone at Blarney Castle in Blarney, a village near Cork in southwest Ireland. It is said that whomever kisses the Blarney stone will be endowed with skill in eloquent speech. More information about the Blarney stone can be seen here.

What is peat?

Kyle wakes up one morning to find his mother stoking a peat fire. Peat is a mosslike material taken from bogs and, when dried, burns like wood logs. Peat was/is an important fuel source for the Irish.

How does the movie end?

Kyle bets Seamus that he can beat him at sports in an attempt to get back his lucky coin. Seamus agrees, and they are transported back to old Ireland so that they can play traditional Irish games like hurling, wheel tossing, and step dancing. Unfortunately, it ends up in a tie. Since the bet was that Kyle could *beat* Seamus, and Seamus the Trickster points out that a tie isn't the same as a *beat*, Kyle makes another bet that he can beat Seamus at basketball. The bet is that, if Kyle's team wins, Kyle will get back his lucky coin and Seamus will "live forever in the land of my fathers and never leave the shores of Erie again." Kyle's team wins the game, and Seamus is forever banished to the shores of Lake Erie because Seamus mistakenly thought that Kyle was mispronouncing "Eire", the Irish word for Ireland (Eire-land), but Kyle's father was actually born in Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie. Granddad O'Reilly then offers a scholarship to Bonnie (Alexis Lopez) but tells her father that she needs to be more well-rounded, i.e., play a sport such as basketball. In the final scene, Kyle dances an Irish jig on stage and then everyone sings This Land is Your Land.

In the movie, it's said that Granddad O'Reilly invented potato chips and owns a big potato chip factory. In reality, potato chips, originally called Saratoga chips, were invented by Native American George Crum. See Potato Chips for more information.

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