Siobhan Cremin and Heidi Collins will serve as the Grand and Wee Leprechauns, respectively, for the 2013 Irish Days festival, which is set to begin on Friday, March 15.
Collins, 3, is the daughter of Nina Collins and Joseph Martin, and has three siblings — Blaze, 9, Brooklyn, 4, and Lane, 5 months — but is the first to be drawn as the Irish Days Wee Leprechaun.
Additional beloved companions include two dogs at home, Gus and Spud; the latter of which affirms her Irish familial roots.
Collins said she is very excited for the Friday night Irish Days dinner hosted by Soroptimists of Lakeview, as well as riding in the Irish Days parade, where she will eagerly throw candy to parade watchers.
The Wee Leprechaun is selected through a random drawing, with the winner drawn and announced on KLCR last Friday. The contest is sponsored by Sterling Bank, who will make a presentation to the wee one on Friday evening.
Cremin is the daughter of John and Hannah Cremin, who still live in Lakeview. John originally hailed from Newmarket in County Cork, arriving in Lakeview during the late 1950s. Hannah hailed from Kiskeam, also in County Cork, moving to Lakeview at the age of 16.
The couple met in Lakeview, marrying in 1960 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Cremin has a brother, John, who lives in Modesto, Calif., and both are Lakeview High School graduates. Siobhan graduated in 1981, while John graduated in 1979.
After high school, Cremin attended Southern Oregon State College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, around which her career path has primarily centered.
She currently works as the community educator for Lake District Hospital, and has been actively involved with breast cancer awareness efforts within the local community. Cremin was also actively involved with a golf tournament fundraiser that so far has raised funds for the town’s public swimming pool restoration effort as well as Oregon Outback Humane Society.
Regarding Irish Days fun, Cremin noted she has plentiful memories from past festivals, as well as photos of the first-generation Irish settlers around which the earliest events set out to honor.
“The parade, of course, is always fun, and seeing all the people out and about for the parade,” she said. “It’s nice they get the recognition of the (community), and these people have worked hard to get to where they are.”
Cremin said that she recognizes her own familial roots, and has a great deal of appreciation of her Irish ancestry.