Luck of the Irish (television) A Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering on March 9, 2001. When junior high basketball star, Kyle Johnson, questions his heritage, he discovers that his mother is actually a leprechaun, and he is starting to change into one too, all because someone stole his gold Celtic good luck coin. To get it back, and keep him and his family human, Kyle has to ward off an evil, step-dancing leprechaun, Seamus McTiernan, and challenge him to a contest. Directed by Paul Hoen. Stars Ryan Merriman (Kyle Johnson), Alexis Lopez (Bonnie Lopez), Glenndon Chatman (Russell Holloway), Marita Geraghty (Kate Johnson), Paul Kiernan (Bob Johnson), Henry Gibson (Reilly O’Reilly), Timothy Omundson (Seamus McTiernan). Filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah.