One of the coolest parts of the pageantry of a Notre Dame football game is the Irish Guard. The Irish Guard is a group of 10 students that dress in full Irish regalia. The Guard was formed in 1949 and is part of The Band of the Fighting Irish. They lead the band out of the tunnel at every home game and at select road games. After every touchdown and Notre Dame victory the Guard will perform the Victory Clog.
Until 2014 there used to be a height requirement for all Guardsmen. Then band director came out with new requirements. He removed the height requirement and added an element of community service. Guardsmen also now required to have some experience in music or band managerial service. Guardsmen are also held to one to two year term limits. The Guard may have changed, but one thing that remains the same is that the Irish Guard is a very important part of Notre Dame football lore.
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