Grand and wee

John Shine is this year’s Grand Leprechaun and Maci Dillavou is the Wee Leprechaun.

John Shine will serve as this year’s Grand Leprechaun and Maci Dillavou as the Wee Leprechaun.

Shine is the son of John and Laura Shine. He grew up in Adel. All four of his grandparents were born in County Cork, Ireland. The Verlings, on his mother’s side, came over around the turn of the century. His dad’s uncle, Jack McCarthy, came around 1900 and was a sheepman in the Warner Valley. In the 1940s, McCarthy returned to Ireland and lived with Shine’s father and talked all the time about Lake County. Shine’s father then moved to Lake County in 1948, two years after his older brother.

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